In Paradeniya Botanical Gardens there are a lot of monkeys that come and go freely. Most are there because there is a large selection of fruit trees, so it gives them an easy meal, since the fruit is not harvested to sell in the markets. Monkeys always seem cool to tourists but it seems the locals quite despise them. There are signs asking you not to give food to the monkeys because otherwise they get used to it and also the park would have more and more monkeys coming to find food. The monkeys are always in groups and be careful if you see a female with babies because they will do anything if they feel threatened. Most of the time however, they are friendly. If you have something to eat, take care as they may try to steal it.
We hired a tuk tuk to go on the A4 road, towards Monaragala, near Yala National Park. It's where you can see, if you're lucky, some elephants. It was an amazing experience, because we not only saw a few, but one approached us often! The tuk tuk guy was hiding in his vehicle, and thankfully there was a national park warden who shot in the air and scared the elephant. But along this road you can often see elephants crossing. People respect them properly. They come to drink water in the lakes at km 306 of the highway. They are usually not aggressive, but a dog had angered an elephant that stormed out. The tuk tuk took us to see a few animals but as it is a protected nature reserve, you can only walk on the road, you can not go trekking or bring a vehicle into the park. He charged us 5 euros I think for two hours and two people