Explore the wildlife at Yala National Park
Bordering the Indian Ocean and covering a large area of 979 square kilometres, Yala is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka where nature buffs can encounter Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. The park in nestled the southeast region of the country in a dry zone with five blocks, two of which are now open to the public. The ecosystems found in the park are wide-ranging, from marine wetlands to sandy beaches, rocky outcrops to moist monsoon forests and grasslands. This creates the immense biodiversity and great diversity of wildlife in one of the two first national parks in Sri Lanka. The jeep safaris or game drives in Yala are almost equivalent to Africa with plenty of wild animal spotting opportunities like wild boar, mongoose, spotted deer, crocodiles, and the infamous leopards if you’re lucky.