Located in the South Eastern region of Sri Lanka, the Yala National Park is the most visited wildlife sanctuary in the country. It is a kaleidoscope of natural wonder, as it boasts of wide ranging ecosystems that have turned the park into a glorious habitat for an array of flora and fauna. A safari through Yala is something you should definitely add to your itinerary!
❂ Useful tips
- There is an entrance fee. Book your tickets in advance.
- You will need to hire a safari jeep to enter the park.
- The best time to visit the park is between May & August.
- Take plenty of water with you.
- Don’t encourage your jeep driver to speed inside the park, as this can endanger the animals.
Key Features of the Park
The Yala National Park is a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land, divided into five blocks. Only two blocks are open to the public, with the rest functioning strictly as a nature reserve. Be enthralled by the 215 bird species living in the park, of which the Ceylon Jungle Fowl, Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Woodshrike and Ceylon Swallow are endemic. Maybe even catch a glimpse of their nests up in Palu, Satinwood, Weera, Maila, Mustard and Woodapple trees. From tropical rainforests to mangrove swamps, the abodes of the other 44 mammal species, 47 species of reptiles, 18 amphibian species, along with various other invertebrate species, are wide and varied. The most famous residents of the park are elephants, sloth bears, sambar, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, crocodiles and the elusive leopard.