Yala National Park

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Leaopard!

Yala is a National Park along the south eastern coast of Sri Lanka. There is a lot of talk about Yala, many people say it is good but plenty say it is not.. we were not sure whether to visit but our guide was adamant that we should give it a try..

We took a jeep with Upali and our jeep driver into the national park for an afternoon tour. Witihin the first 30min we saw two elephants very close to the jeep. We were packing our dacks when one of them, a male, was only about 1m from us, however he was happy just to pass us by and keep strolling. Looked like we were in for a good day. We went onto see a whole range of animals including the elusive leopard. Apparently it is very rare to see a leopard, however we saw a couple sitting together just lazing about in the afternoon sun.

More nice scenery.
 We begain to believe it was elusive when we looked around to see jeeps about 20 deep in every direction trying to see the leopard. We had a great time and definately recommend it to others.

Yala being located on the park was badly devestated by the Tsunami. The park is very flat and has a very long coastline. There is a monument to the many people who died in the park that morning doing exactly the same thing as we were doing that day.

The we stayed the night in, Tissa, was also the place where we had the best rice and curry of the trip.. at one of Upali's friends restaurants - Refresh. Delicious! They gave us soo much food we were no chance of getting it down. This was also the night India lost to Bangladesh in the World Cup, big talk over in Sri Lanka.

On the way to Yala we also stopped at a few km's over the main road to see some Buddha stone carvings. These carvings are a little different as they represent a buddha from a different Buddhist sect than most Sri Lankans follow. More reading for us to do.

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Leaopard!
Leaopard!
More nice scenery.
More nice scenery.
Nice scenery.
Nice scenery.
Mice view over the lake in Tissa.
Mice view over the lake in Tissa.
Little birdy.
Little birdy.
The Buddha stone carvings.
The Buddha stone carvings.
Entering Yala in our jeep.
Entering Yala in our jeep.
A land monitor.
A land monitor.
A White Egret. Theyre everywhere …
A White Egret. They're everywhere…
Some Buffalo having a bit of a dip.
Some Buffalo having a bit of a dip.
Elephant in the background.
Elephant in the background.
Special.
Special.
Croc.
Croc.
Buffalo.
Buffalo.
View out to the Ocean.
View out to the Ocean.
Hi Phant.
Hi Phant.
Monkey with baby.
Monkey with baby.
Heading down the Yala Road.
Heading down the Yala Road.
The location where the Tsunami wip…
The location where the Tsunami wi…
The Tsunami memorial monument in t…
The Tsunami memorial monument in …
Hi Phant.
Hi Phant.
Phant up real close. If you look r…
Phant up real close. If you look …
Bye Bye.
Bye Bye.
The national bird of Sri Lanka.
The national bird of Sri Lanka.
Again
Again
Strutting.
Strutting.
Lots of jeeps checking out the leo…
Lots of jeeps checking out the le…
Big bird and little bird.
Big bird and little bird.
Upali handing some buffalo curd. T…
Upali handing some buffalo curd. …
Lots of storks in the park.
Lots of storks in the park.
Sunset over Yala.
Sunset over Yala.
The rice and curry at Refresh, it …
The rice and curry at Refresh, it…
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