As one of the lesser known nature reserves, the Maduru Oya National Park in Sri Lanka, is a breath-taking sanctuary that is home to countless mammals, reptiles and birds. From leopards and elephants to sloth bears and grey slender loris, the park is one of the best places to spot some of Sri Lanka’s endemic wildlife species. Built around an impressive reservoir, a trip to this captivating part of the island is an option available to those who stay with Amaya Beach. If you are lucky you just might come across a herd of elephants having a dip in the lagoon.