Yala National Park is a sprawling natural paradise teeming with wildlife, in southeastern Sri Lanka. Shrouded in legend, Yala is believed to be the former kingdom of Ravana, from the Hindu epic Ramayana. The region was an important trading port, and a few abandoned traces of its former glory still remain. Today, dense forests, open grasslands and rocky outcrops provide a natural habitat for elephants, bears and deer, while crafty crocodiles gather at abundant watering holes. The park was a former hunting ground, and the verdant landscape boasts a striking population of leopards and birds,. It is also home to two major sacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhists and Hindus alike.

Highlights

  • Elephants
  • Leopards and Aquatic Birds
  • Sithulpahuwa
  • Magul Vihara

 Places to stay

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Leopard Trails Yala

Hotel Style: Camp

The Leopard Trails camp site in Kochchipathana village bordering Yala National Park, features comfortable camping experiences in the wilderness.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Leopard Trails-Yala

Discover the joy of safari in Yala National Park. Noted for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, leopards and birdlife, it is no wonder it is Sri Lanka

Yala Park Safari

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure best done with a morning/evening Jeep Safari thorugh the Yala National Park forest. Have an upfront and close encounter with about 32 mammal species, 125 bird species and scores of reptiles and lagoon fauna species. The endangered leopard sub-species – Panthera Pardus Kotiya, found only in Sri Lanka, can be spotted here. A section of the park has been declared a National Park.

Safari-Leopard Safari

Experience refreshing safaris outdoors under the open skies, with novel tented and mobile campsites in Yala National Park, 290 kms from Colombo. Stay in single or twin-sharing canvas tents replete with queen-size beds, fresh linen, hot showers and chemical toilets…all amid wildlife which is said to be second to none in Asia. Enjoy adventurous forest escapades, take an afternoon hammock siesta or dine under the starry brilliance. The mobile modern trailer kitchen assures fresh tiger prawns, hot meals, BBQ, snacks, drinks, cocktails, chilled local beer and spirits, imported wine, unlimited game drives and park fees.

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