Srilanka Yala national park, guide to yala national park, safari guide to yala national park Srilanka

Yala National Park

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Yala (Ruhuna) National ParkLocation: 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 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.

Other Attractions
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 wheeler.

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.