Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. Divided into 5 blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public.
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. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala 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. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open.
Things to Do:
Kumana National Park / Explore Yala National Park / Jeep Safari / Outdoor Activities / Camping / Buduruwagala / Bird Watching / Walking on Beach / Camping / Hiking / Village exploration / BBQ Nights / Adventure Activates / Photo Shoots
Approximately Time & Distance from Colombo: 4 h 47 min (275 km)
Province: Southern Province | District: Hambantota District
Luxury Hotels in Area:
Jetwing Yala | Approximately Price Range: 190 to 200 USD| Click here to see the hotel
The Safari Hotel | Approximately Price Range: 180 to 190 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Normal Hotels in Area:
Centra Villa | Approximately Price Range: 50 to 60 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Kent Hotel Tissamaharama | Approximately Price Range: 50 to 60 USD | Click here to see the hotel