Visit Yala National Park
The Yala National Park in the south of Sri Lanka is the country's second largest and most popular national park. A diverse landscape is made up of wide-open plains, thick forest and a beautiful coastline with towering sand dunes. The area is an important one for conservation and a visit to Yala National Park offers fantastic opportunities to see some of Sri Lanka's unique wildlife.
Yala National Park is the best place in Sri Lanka to see leopards. The park has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world and though sightings are rare, the park's 30 or so leopard residents are bolder than most and can often be spotted roaming the tracks and open plains. Other wildlife - including elephants, sloth bears and buffalos - is easier to spot and the coastline is frequented by no less than five species of sea turtle.
Yala National Park is also a birdwatchers paradise, with upwards of 200 bird species, six of which are found here alone. All of which make a safari trip of the Yala National Park a real highlight during a Sri Lanka holiday.
Top itineraries in Yala National Park
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Top places to stay in Yala National Park
This luxury boutique hotel by Uga Escapes is located just minutes from Yala National Park, overlooking a spectacular beach where sea turtles come to nest and elephants play in the surf.
Launched in 2014, this gorgeous property is the latest addition to Jetwing’s Sri Lankan portfolio, offering a fine stretch of shoreline and sleek modern design in a peaceful corner of the southern coast. Due to its location, the Jetwing works equally well as a luxury beach resort and as a base from…
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