Fringed by the beautiful Indian Ocean, Yala National Park is one of the oldest and the second-largest of its kind in Sri Lanka. Each year, many travellers flock to go on safari at Yala National Park to witness and capture the majestic beauty of its inhabitants.
Yala National Park can be found towards the Southeast of Sri Lanka, approximately 193 kilometres from Colombo; nevertheless, Yala can be reached in less than 2 hours via southern expressway.
Around 215 species of birds of every colour imaginable adorn the grasslands, marshes, and other semi-deciduous forests in this park. Out of these stunning visitors, seven are endemic to Sri Lanka, out of which Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl is considered as the national bird of the country.
Approximately 44 species of mammals call this national park their home; the Asian elephant and the leopard are two of the most-sought by many tourists at this place. One can find about more about these magnificent animals through internet sources such as Truly Sri Lanka.
One may look forward to observing 47 species of reptiles at Yala National Park; out of these six are endemic to the country. The coastal regions are frequented by leatherbacks and olive-ridleys. Mugger and saltwater crocodiles are also a popular sight within this forest.