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Water sports

Operators at the main resorts offer diving expeditions and supply equipment. Sri Lanka has more than 1,600 kilometres or 1,000 miles of fine beaches and several swimming clubs which are great for water sport lovers and swimmers.

There are also yachting and water skiing. Windsurfing is a popular sport, and facilities are available in Kalutara, Bentota, Beruwela and Negombo.

Sport fishing is also popular, and several clubs offer membership to visitors.

Wildlife and flora

There are numerous animal, bird sanctuaries and national parks where protected flora and fauna can be seen. There are several distinctive species on the island, and some others have been introduced. The country is renown for its elephants, a large number of which can be viewed in Gal Oya and Udawalawe National Parks and at Handapangala. Some other mammals are leopards, deer and bears. Wild boars, monkeys and porcupines, particularly the Grey Langur, which is normally seen around the island.

The native purple-faced Leaf Monkeys can be seen in the higher hill regions. Of the 38 species of amphibians, 16 are unique to Sri Lanka. Reptiles include many snakes, 2 native crocodiles, the star tortoise and 5 species of turtle. The 5 species of poisonous snakes are infrequently existent in towns and villages.

The flora varies grandly, ranging from temperate to tropical forests and from arid scrub land and plains to lush hills. There are tropical rain forests including rhododendron forests. Flowering trees and orchids can be seen in season.

There are also rugby, cricket, hockey, football, tennis, squash and other games. Visit a local Travel Information Centre for more details.

Membership is available on a temporary basis at several golf courses.
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