Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco-tourism destinations. The Yala Park is the second largest national park and most visited national park in Sri Lanka. The park is renowned for the variety of its Wildlife, most notably it’s many elephants and its fine coastline with the associated coral reef. It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed. This park is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. There are many hotels in Yala, which are located within close proximity to the national park. These hotels such as Jetwing Yala are luxurious and offer the best facilities and amenities for the guests, even in the wilderness. The hotels are designed with styles which are very much close to nature. There are a wide variety of hotels, each offering various rates to suit each and every individual guest.
Spanning over an area of 1259 sq. kms, this park being a part of the Dry zone of Sri Lanka usually is hot and dry. Rains from the Northeast monsoons from Nov – Jan, and inter monsoonal rains in March. Scenic ocean frontage while adding scenic beauty to the park attracts and invite a lot of visitors such as various kinds of birds and animals. Many lagoons and bays dotted along the coast provide the visitors with fine locations to view these creatures including migratory birds, which flock here. The most prominent wild life species found in the Yala wild life reserve in Sri Lanka are the elephant and the leopard. There are many other several species such as deer, sambur, bear, wild boar, wild buffalo, peacock, crocodiles and many varieties of birds including migratory species as well. There are many tour guides and packages that are offered by the Yala National Park, where travelers get a chance to see the famous elusive Leopard of Yala. The Yala Park is regarded as the best place in the world to film photograph leopards with as high a population as one leopard per square kilometer in block one.
Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.