309 kms south of Colombo
Total Area: 1, 259 sqkms.
Main Attractions: Asiatic Elephant, Leopards, Birds
Situated 309 km. south of Colombo, Yala national park spans over an area of
1,259 sq.km and shares its northern frontiers with the Lahugala Elephant
Sanctuary. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. The
entire park is dotted with water holes, small lakes, lagoons and streams
providing adequate water for the animals and birds as well as a treat for
the eyes of the visitors. Elephants and leopards are the most prominent
wildlife species found in Yala wildlife sanctuary. Other attractions
include- crocodile, deer, sambar, bear, wild bore, wild buffalo and peacock
and may varieties of birds including migratory birds such as flamingos. The
scenic ocean frontage adds to the beauty of the park and attracts a lot of
visitors. Yala safari is an ultimate destination for afternoon picnic with
friends and family.
Within the yala national park there are many sites of archaelogical
interest among which the ancient monastery of Sithulpahuwa perched atop a
beautiful rocky platform is among it's most visited sites.
A favurite haunt for bird watchers is Salt pans at Palatupana.
Exploring the Park
To explore the deeper zones of the park it is necessary to hire a four
Trains are the best means to commute within Sri Lanka. One can board a
train at Colombo and reach destination Yala. Tourist cabs are also available
and it is better to fix the fare beforehand.
Accomodation is available at the special bunglows maintained by the
Department of Wild life Conservation.