Yala National Park

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Yala National Park Reviews

Shakar81 Shakar81
16 reviews
Bird and Animal Paradise in Southeast Sri Lanka... Mar 20, 2011
Yala National Park is located in the southeast of Sri Lanka, and the premier spot in the country for wildlife viewing. It has a lofty reputation, and I'm glad to say it most definitely lives up to it. Besides the biodiversity, the place is starkly beautiful with amazing landscapes and beach.

You need to rent a jeep to go through the park (much cheaper if you share it between several people) and wake up before the crack of dawn to be there early. It is well worth it.

I saw leopards, elephants, monkeys, wild boar, deer, crocodiles, water buffalo, rabbits, wild cats, mongoose, monitor lizards, and jackals during the trip. Not to mention my favorite, a multitude of amazing birds, all different colors, shapes and sizes.

My advice is to do the full day trip rather than the half day. It gives you more chance see the variety of species and get deeper into the park. You need to be very lucky to see leopards and the full day gives you a better chance. Also bring a pair of binoculars and a field book for identifying Sri Lankan bird species, that was a big part of the fun too. Bring sunscreen and a hat too, cuz it gets really hot out there. The best season is December through April.

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vnaina vnaina
2 reviews
typical for wildlife lovers Apr 27, 2011
take a drive from colombo to yals..its 8 hrs drive and see the beauty of srilanka...its lovely....yala is a national park and known for its leopards...in 2000 according to the BBC its count was 189 now the zoologist says they may be abt 500 + or more than that..it very difficult to spot them...its the shyiest in cat family...
pilgrim68 pilgrim68
61 reviews
Yala National Park Jan 22, 2011
Leopard Central for the subcontinent. A beautiful Park that goes from mountains to the sea. Lovely scenery,great birdlife and the chance to see the elusive leopards. Not a huge area so it does sometimes suffer from leopard jams when a sighting has been made but luck and patience are the key.
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