Yala National Park Day Tour
Yala National Park Day Tour. Witness captivating nature, abundant wildlife, and iconic leopards in their natural habitat
At a Glance
Yala National Park – Wild Life
Explore the diverse wonders of Yala National Park, a captivating treasure nestled in the southeastern region of Sri Lanka. This remarkable sanctuary spans the Hambantota district of the southern province and the Monaragala district in the Uva province. Your journey into this natural haven begins at the Palatupana entrance, a mere 12km from Kirinda, or approximately 305km from Colombo. As you embark on this adventure, the gateway to Yala lies in Tissamaharama. The 20km drive via Kirinda transports you to Palatupana, where a well-appointed visitor center awaits, offering essential insights to tourists and assigning experienced trackers to accompany every vehicle. Open-top jeeps provide an optimal way to witness the wildlife in their natural habitat. For an unforgettable experience, the best times for Yala Safari tours are at dawn and dusk, when the park’s diverse creatures come to life in their pristine surroundings. Embracing its location in the arid Ruhuna region, Yala National Park enjoys a predominantly hot and dry climate, with mean annual temperatures of 27°C, occasionally reaching 37°C during the dry season.
Discover an awe-inspiring tapestry of landscapes within the park, where rocky outcrops serve as elevated viewpoints to take in the sprawling scenery of Sri Lanka’s dry zone: a vista adorned with low scrub and woods. The park’s southern border, flanking the southeastern coast, introduces brackish lagoons and dunes that contribute to the unique allure of Yala National Park.
Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity that calls Yala home. Amongst all the national parks in Sri Lanka, Yala offers an unrivaled chance to witness an array of wildlife. Admire troops of vibrantly colored painted storks perched along lagoon shores, coexisting with dozing crocodiles. Fantailed peacocks flaunt their resplendent blues and greens amidst the woods, where monkeys frolic and chatter. The majestic elephants roam through the bush jungle, while the true star of the park, the elusive leopard, crosses tracks and disappears into the thorny scrub jungle. With a total of 32 mammal species recorded, including sloth bears, leopards, elephants, and more, Yala National Park is a sanctuary of unparalleled diversity. The distinct Sri Lankan leopards, a sub-species separate from their Indian counterparts, can be spotted throughout the park, with January to July being the prime time for leopard sightings. Block 1, the western area of the park, boasts the highest density of leopards among Sri Lanka’s wildlife parks, offering remarkable photographic opportunities to capture these magnificent creatures up close.
As you journey through Yala, you’ll encounter a considerable elephant population that varies seasonally, with the best chances of sightings during the dry season from May to August. The park’s birdlife is equally enchanting, with over 130 species documented. Raptors like the crested serpent eagle and white-bellied sea eagle soar through the skies, while water birds such as flamingos, pelicans, and storks grace the lagoons. The forest’s rich foliage is alive with the vibrant hues of Orange-breasted Green Pigeons, Hornbills, Flycatchers, and more.
The reptile kingdom in Yala National Park is equally captivating, featuring Mugger and Estuarine Crocodiles, monitors, cobras, and vipers. The park’s coastline is a significant nesting ground for sea turtles, including the Olive Ridley and Leatherback species. With various park entrances, including Katagamuwa, Palatupana, and Galge, Yala National Park is a haven of exploration, where nature’s beauty and biodiversity are yours to discover.
- Begin the journey after having breakfast at your hotel.
- Enjoy snacks on the way and head to Yala National Park.
- Take part in the Yala National Park Safari (at 2:00 PM or 2:30 PM)
- Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
- English-speaking guide (or guide in specific language upon client request)
- Comfortable air-conditioned transportation
- 2 × 500ml water bottles per person
- Authentic Sri Lankan fruit tasting experience
- Entrance tickets
- Cost for Safari Jeep
- Lunch or any meals
Please be aware that these tours are currently primarily available for departure and return from Colombo and Negombo only. If you are located in other areas, kindly inform our operators during your conversation.
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