Where is Yala National Park?
Yala lies about 260km south east of Colombo (6 hours by car) and 190km east along the coast from Galle (4 hours 30 by car).It 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 mammal, including an estimated 25 leopards, 350 elephants and many species of bird. 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.
When is the best time to visit Yala National Park?
The best time to visit Yala national park will be during the dry season which comes in between February and June. Because of the dry season the park is less in foliage and you can easily spot wildlife. The best time to spot wildlife in your visit to yala national park is from 6.00 am to 10.00 am and 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. If you are willing to get the best out of your Yala safari game drive it’s recommended that you visit Yala national park in off peak days because the park is mostly crowded in weekends and public holidays. The overcrowded situation makes wild animals to hide in their burrows and lairs. During January to February the monsoon rains are getting cleared and park is filled with chill climate.
Where to stay in Yala National Park?
If you are going to experience a safari in Yala national park it is recommended that you stay somewhere near Yala. When you are visiting Yala National Park there are plenty of accommodations dotted around edge of Yala and Tissamaharama to suit your every budget. Inside the park there are options like Jungle Chalet and Glamping prices vary of these according to the luxury you need.
What are the main entry points of Yala National Park?
There are four entry points to Yala National Park and main ones are Palatupana and Katagamuwa. The other two are Galge entrance and Yala west gate. The Palatupana and Katagamuwa are the entrances that leads to Yala Block 01 and Yala Block 02 that are the most visited parts of the Yala National park. The Galge and Yala west gate leads to blocks where less crowded and the Leopard sightings are much higher in this area.
What is the Yala National Park opening time?
The opening time of Yala National Park is from 6.00 am in the morning to 6.00 pm in the evening. You can enjoy your safari rides between this times.
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What kind of animals to see in Yala National Park?
Yala national park is an amazing place to observe wildlife, birdlife and flora and fauna. Yala national park is the best place to witness four out of big five in Sri Lanka. Those are the Leopard, the elephant, the sloth bear and the wild buffalo. There are herds of elephants, deer, monkeys, buffaloes, large variants of birds within the park. There are crocodile species such as mugger crocodile and saltwater crocodile. There are small scale reservoirs like Butuwe and Mahaseelawa while Uraniya is best known for its aquatic Aquafina.
Can you see Leopards in Yala National Park?
Yala national park is famous for its high density of Leopards and it’s believed to be the highest in the world. Leopards in Yala national park are in the highest level of the food chain and is the “apex predator”. It is a common view to see leopards strolling under the thicket of Yala national park. . They are less nocturnal because they are in the top of the food chain and can be seen on top of trees and near waterholes during the day.
Is Yala National Park a good bird watching site?
Yala national park is a good place to witness birdlife for a keen birdwatcher. Yala national park is filled with birds in their natural habitat. There are around 215 bird species inside Yala national park and six of them are endemic to Sri Lanka. This birds consist birds such as Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Gray Hornbill, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, Crimson fronted barbet, Black capped bul bul and Brown capped babbler. There are lots of migrant birds which comes to Sri Lanka in winter.
Below mentioned is the Full list of Birds that can be seen in Yala National Park
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill | Sri Lanka Junglefowl | Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon | Crimson fronted Barbet | Brown Capped Babbler | Garganey | Grey Heron | Tringa | Charadrius | Spot billed Pelican | Lesser Flamingo | Pelicans | Eurasian Curlew | Whimbrel | Yellow wattled Lapwing | Red wattled Lapwing | Barred Buttonquail | Indian Peafowl | Black winged Stilt | Orange breasted Green Pigeon | Old world Oriole | Megalaimidae | Old World Flycatcher | Northern Pintail | Ruddy Turnstone | Great White Pelican | Eurasian Spoonbill | Painted Stork | Black headed Ibis | Asian Paradise Flycatcher | Godwit | Hornbill | Asian Openbill | Purple Heron | Black crested Bulbul | Lesser Whistling Duck | Little Cormorant | Indian Cormorant | Lesser Adjutant | Nycticorax | Egret | Purple Swamphen | Oriental Darter | Black necked Stork | Great Stone Curlew | Rock Pigeon | Black Stork | Greater Flamingo | Crested Serpent Eagle | White bellied Sea Eagle | White winged Tern
How to book a safari in Yala National Park?
The Safari Jeep service in Yala is provided by private service providers and it is recommended that you book your safari jeep previously to avoid any disappointment. This helps you to be picked up directly from your hotel.
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 Safari ride, Afternoon Safari Ride and Full day 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.
Our service providers provides you with tailormade 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. These service providers 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.