Yala National Park
Yala National Park
Yala National Park
Yala National Park
Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the most visited and the second largest National Park in the country. Situated 260km South East of Colombo, the park covers an area of 378 sq miles, in a climate that is dry most year round. Yala national Park can be reached from several destinations. These include Colombo via Thanamalvilla and Tissamaharama to Yala Block 1 (243km), From Kandy, via Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama Yala Block 1 (245km), Galle via Tissamaharama Yala Block 1 (169km), Arugam Bay via Buttala, Kataragama to Yala (36km).

The park is mainly made up of dense jungle in addition to unspoiled beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers, scrubland, and rocky outcrops, all of which makes the location a comprehensive habitat for the many species of wildlife who call it home.

The Yala National Park with its varied ecosystems such as the moist and dry monsoon forests, thorn forests, grasslands, wetlands, and beaches is home to 44 species of mammals, which includes a herd of about 350 Asian Elephants, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Water Buffalo, Toque macaque (an old world monkey endemic to Sri Lanka), Golden palm Civet (also endemic to Sri Lanka and listed as vulnerable by IUCN), Red Slender Loris and the Fishing Cat (A wild cat of South East Asia classified as endangered by IUCN in 2008).

There are also 47 reptile species of which six are endemic, this includes Sri Lankan krait, Boulenger’s keelback, Sri Lankan flying snake, Painted and Fan throat lip lizards and Wiegmann’s agama. 18 species of amphibians of which two, Bufo atukoralei and Adenomous kelaarti (species of dwarf toad) along with 21 species of fresh water fish namely Mozambique tilapia and the stone sucker are endemic. A variety of butterfly species such as the common bluebottle, common lime butterfly, crimson rose, common Jezebel, and common mormon can be observed here. Still further it is known as one of the 70 most important bird areas in Sri Lanka with 215 bird species of which six, namely Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, crimson-fronted barbet, black capped bulbul and brown-capped babbler are endemic. In addition there are number of water birds, most of them migrants and many rare species.

Nevertheless Yala National park is best known for its leopard population, which is believed to be one of the highest leopard densities in the world and is the key attraction among the thousands who visit the park.

Things to know about Yala national Park before you visit

Yala National Park is the second largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka and it is the most visited wildlife national park in Sri Lanka. The park has five blocks and there are adjoining parks. These five blocks has individual names to them. block 01 is named as Ruhunu National Park and the adjoining area is called as Kumana which is more popular among birdwatchers. Yala National Park is situated southeast region of the country. Yala National Parkcovers around 979 square kilometers and located about 300 Kilometers from Colombo. If you are willing to see more wildlife it is recommended to visit Yala National Park in off peak days like in weekdays because the weekends and public holidays the park is mostly crowded.

What is the best time to visit Yala National Park?

If anyone ask what is the best time to visit Yala National Park we would say from May to September where park is greener and blooms with flora and fauna after the rains. The animals are more populated around waterholes this time. During this season you can find young fawns and Leopard cubs with their parents. During January to February the monsoon rains are getting cleared and park is filled with chill climate. March to April are inter monsoon period and there are unpredictable showers during the period. You can find herd of Elephants in this time. From July to September is the dry season for the park and waterholes gets dry and park becomes dustier.

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Where is the Yala National Park situated?

Yala National Park is the second largest National Park in Sri Lanka and it is situated in south-eastern corner of Sri Lanka.Yala National Park is one of most preferred National Parks by foreign and local visitors both. Yala National Park is very popular among the visitors all around the world because of its great diversity of animals and birdlife. Yala national park is world famous for its large density of Leopards and ability to spot leopards. The habitats found in the park are wide-ranging, from freshwater lakes to beaches, rocky outcrops to green plains and jungle. Yala National Park covers around 979 square kilometers and located about 300 Kilometers from Colombo.

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What are the main entry points of Yala National Park?

There are two main entry points to Yala National Park and they are Palatupana and Katagamuwa apart from these there are two other entrances from Galge and Yala west gate on Buttala – Katragama road. The Palatupana and Katagamuwa entrances are leading to Yala Block 01 and Block 02. Yala block 01 and block 02 are the most visited parts of the Yala National Park. The other two entrances leads to Yala Block 03 and Block 05 and these parts are less crowded and there are more frequent leopards sightings in these parts.

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What is the Yala National Park opening time?

Yala National Park opening time is from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening. You can enjoy your safari ride throughout this time frame. You can book three main safari rides within this time frame. They are Yala morning jeep safari, Yala afternoon jeep safari and Yala full day jeep safari.

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What kind of animals to see in Yala National Park?

Yala National Park is an ideal place to observe the “Big Four” of Sri Lanka. They are the Elephants, the Leopard and the sloth bear and the wild buffalo. There are heard of elephants, deer, monkeys, buffaloes and variety of birds. Other than that there are mugger crocodiles and salt water crocodiles.

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Can you see Leopards in Yala National Park?

Yala National park is most popular among the wildlife lovers because of the high density of Leopards. The Leopards of the Yala National Park is the apex predator and there is no any other natural threat to them in Yala National Park and they are in the top of the food chain. They are sometimes seen near waterholes and on top of tree during the day.
The Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a Leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Leopard has been listed as vulnerable on the IUCN. The Leopard density of Yala National Park is considered around 60–70. The Leopards of Yala National Park is the apex predator and “King of the jungle”.

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Is Yala National Park a good bird watching site?

Yala National park is a paradise for a keen birdwatcher and it is one of best places to witness birds in their natural habitat.Yala National park is known to have around 70 most important areas that are filled with birds. There are around 215 bird species and six of them are endemic to Sri Lanka. This consist Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, Crimson fronted barbet, Black capped bul bul & Brown capped babbler. Other than that there are migrant birds which come to Sri Lanka when there is winter.

Yala Jeep Safari
Yala Jeep Safari
How to book a safari in Yala National Park?

If you are looking to book a safari in Yala National Park it is always better to pre book your Yala Safari jeep and the Safari Jeep service is provided by private service provided. April, August & December are the months where the local crowd mostly gather in the Yala National Park so it is recommended that you pre book your safari jeep in Yala National Park. This helps you to be picked up directly from your Hotel and the drop off also will be at your hotel. When you book a safari in Yala National Park you have an opportunity of selecting your safari ride time which is as Morning Yala Jeep Safari ride, Afternoon Yala Jeep Safari Ride and Full day Yala Jeep safari ride . The morning safari spans from 6.00 am to 10.00 am .The afternoon safari spans from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and the full day safari spans from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm When you book a safari in Yala National Park we recommend you book with us. We provides you with tailor-made Yala Safaris in Yala National Park and offers half a day safari and full day safari. These safaris are designed to make your experience the real spirit of Yala National Park. We have Knowledgeable and disciplined drivers that will arrange everything from the moment they pick you up with no additional charge. They will purchase tickets behalf of you and you will get a tracker from Wildlife Department and your meals also. You will have a hassle free safari in Yala National Park. This is one among the many reasons to pre book your safari with us

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Leopard Watching in Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park boasts of largest density of leopards in Sri Lanka and is the most preferred national park by the foreign and local visitors both. There are 44 specials of mammals, including an estimated 25 leopards, 350 elephants and many species of bird.

If you are planning to spend a vacation in Sri Lanka Yala National Park is a must travelling place in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is famous for the biggest leopard lot in Sri Lanka and it’s definitely a birders paradise.

The best time to witness Leopards in Yala National Park is in times of new moon and leopards are more active in the evening times of Yala National Park and when it’s less crowded. Dawn or dusk are the most suited times to capture the perfect portrait of a leopard, the monarch of Yala National Park. The Leopard in Sri Lanka is subspecies in Sri Lanka called Panther Paradus Kotiya. The subspecies in Sri Lanka is bigger than the other found around the world.

Witnessing a Leopard in Yala National Park is every safari goer’s dream. This is due the rareness, elegance, beauty and the mystery lifestyle of the Leopard. The Sri Lankan Leopard has no competition so it’s the Monarchy of Sri Lankan wildlife. The best time to see Leopard on a hunt is the night .With superb eyesight, the leopard prefers the darkness to maul and kill its favorite prey of deer, sambur, boar or monkey.

Dawn or dusk is the perfect time to take pictures of Leopards you can find Leopards lurking under the ticket or drinking water near a waterhole with its slender neck extended, eyes still alert, and his golden skin with black rosettes glowing. If you are very lucky you can spot a Leopard in a distance with its mid-day hunt or chewing a carcass.

Yala National Park is usually busy with many jeeps and of course all of them want to see even a glimpse of Leopard. If you want to

enjoy Yala National Park’s wildlife without interference of many other Safari jeeps avoid weekends and public holidays. The Yala morning safari jeep ride is busiest and you can’t enter the park immediately. First your driver has to wait in queue to get the ticket.

The very convenient time to spot Leopards and other wildlife such as Elephants, sloth bear and wild boar is from May to August. Most of the animals gather around waterholes during the drier months. From October to December you can spot deer, Crocodiles and many birds. The park is closed from September to October because the animals gets too aggressive after a heavy droughts. Yala National Park is divided in to five blocks and most visited are the block 01 and block 02. Block 04 is not opened for public. There are three main entrances to Yala National Park and they are Palatupana – where is leads to Yala Block 01 and Block 02 , Katagamauwa – This also another entrance to Block 01 and Block 02 but less crowded. Galge – entrance to Block 03 and Block 05 less known and less crowd.

You have to note that when it comes to safari in Yala National Park there is a possibility of overcrowding a Leopard and tis a downside of seeing a Leopard in Yala National Park. This makes the Leopard usually shy and nocturnal creatures to flee from their natural habitat. We have to respect its privacy during our safari ride in Yala National Park. It’s in the best interest of wildlife and Sri Lankans if can ensure that future generations will have the same incredible leopard spotting opportunities that we have today. Below mentioned are some tips to Know before you go to Leopard spotting in Yala National Park

  • If at all possible, go more than once. This will greatly increase your chances of seeing a leopard at least once. Plus every time you go you see something different.
  • Go with a reputable company that emphasizes the animal’s welfare over a great photo opportunity. It’s possible to balance the two.
  • Appreciate whatever you see in Yala…even if it’s not a leopard. It truly is an ecologically diverse park with so much to see.
  • While you will have the best chances of seeing a leopard in Block One, if you find that it’s too crowded, you can also arrange for safari jeeps in other blocks. ut you will need to arrange this ahead of time.
Yala Jeep Safari
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