Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park
Located approximately 243 kilometers from the capital Colombo, Yala National Park is the most visited national park each year in Sri Lanka, as thousands of nature loving travelers descend on one of Asia’s most beautiful parks.
Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938.
According to its website, Yala National Park is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles.
Whether your there to do an eco-stay, or to journey into the wild to see the animals in their natural habitat, they do insist on a host of rules — not just conduct, but also to animals, soil and ancient ruins.
The best time of year to visit is the dry season between February and July, when the animals are more prone to come out into the open. September to December sees monsoons where they get most of their yearly rainfall. Average temperatures are between 26’C to 30’C daily.
There’s plenty of activities to do — from bird-watching and safari rides to camping and getting off the beaten path — that your sure to have a one-of-kind experience.
The park is open to to visitors daily from 5:30 am to 6:30 pm. Entrance fees for adults are approximately LKR 3,000 for adults, not including jeep fees.