Where Nature Runs Wild


Venture into the wild and be stunned by the majesty of nature!

The region of Yala is home to the popular wildlife park and bird sanctuary – the Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. It is a great place to enjoy the rustic outdoors, to embark on exciting jungle safaris, to explore shipwrecks and to experience the rich culture and history of the diverse island of Sri Lanka.

Located in the South Eastern region of Sri Lanka, the Yala National Park contains a protected area of approximately 130,000 hectares of land. The Yala Park can be entered from four gates, of which the most popular are the Palatupana and Katagamuwa entrances.

Yala is easily accessible from Tissamaharama, which is about 16km away from the Palatupana entrance. If you are travelling from Colombo, it will take you approximately five hours to travel almost 300km to get to Yala.

See our guide for where to stay in Yala.

❂ Don’t Miss

  • Safari and Bird Watching
  • Outdoor Camping
  • Cultural and Religious Sites

Useful Tips

  • The best time to visit the Yala National Park is between May & August.
  • Visitors are allowed in to the park twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon.
  • Since Yala is located in a hot, semi-arid environment, the temperatures range from 26°C to 30°C. It is best to be prepared.

More Information to Help Plan Your Holiday in Yala

Tales Of Yala

Key Attractions And Things To Do

The main attraction of Yala is undoubtedly its National Park. However, the region has a lot more places that you will definitely enjoy visiting.

Plan Your Holiday in Yala

Yala is famed for exciting safaris and wildlife experiences. However, there’s a lot more the region has to offer those who seek fun and adventure.

Best Experiences In Yala

The region of Yala is a great place to experience the diverse plant, animal and bird life of Sri Lanka. It can also give you a taste of the ancient history and rich culture of the island.

Hotels In Yala

Yala is a great place to truly experience the outdoors, as there are many hotels, lodges and camp sites that have been built to blend into the natural surroundings.