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Yala National Park



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Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the southeast region in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. The .Actually it consists of five blocks, (block 1 and block 2)two of which are now open to the public. The park covers 979 square kilometers (378 sq mi) and is located about 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 300 km (190 Mi) from Colombo.

Park is one of the best places in the world where we can watch Leopards. . You can stay until just after dark inside the park, thus maximizing your chances of a leopard encounter. The male leopards in Yala are very confident and are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities.

Lagoons fringe this part of the coastline, each lined with mangroves and filled with brackish water. The extensive parklands that surround these lagoons offer visitors superb locations for viewing Animals and Bird life.

The Menik Ganga is now a seasonal river, since its damming for irrigation purposes higher up, as far back as 1878. There is four other seasonal "aras" or streamlets carrying water during the rainy season.

The Park is bounded by the sea. The many bays carve out an intricate mosaic. Unspoilt natural beaches and sand dunes provide a beautiful environment of undulating and shifting sands. This is surely one of the most spectacular seascapes of Sri Lanka.


Being located in one of the arid regions of Sri Lanka, the climate of Ruhuna National Park is usually hot and dry. The area receives its annual rainfall during the north east monsoon from November to January, and unpredictable inter-monsoonal rains in March/April and September. February is a dry month, with the dry season proper commencing in June and lasting until September and sometimes until mid October.

Other nearby Locations

Bundala Bird Sanctuary . Kalamitiya Bird Sanctuary. Kumana Bird Sanctuary. Udawalawe National Park.


Activities to do :

When you travel to this place, these are the activites and events that you can involved in