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Frequently asked questions about Yala National Park

Yala National Park is situated 260km to south east of Colombo. It covers an area of 378 sq miles. Yala National Park has a dry climate most of the year round. Yala National Park can be reached from several destinations. These include Colombo via Thanamalvila and Thissamaharama to Yala block 01, From Kandy via Nuwara Eliya to Thissamaharama to Yala block 01, Galle via Thissamaharama Yala block 01, Arugambay via Buttala, Kataragama to Yala. Below mentioned are some frequently asked questions about Yala National Park

1. How to get to Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

The main and only entrance to the Yala National Park is from Thissamaharama. The easiest way to get to Thissamaharama is via the southern expressway by vehicle. Most of the tourists stay in accommodations in Thissamaharama or inside Yala National Park.

2. When is the best time to visit Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

If you are willing to visit Yala National Park, the best time to visit Yala National Park is from January to the end of August and from November and end of December where the water levels of the park becomes quite low because of that most of the wild animals can be seen around the main waterholes.

May and June –It’s the dry season to the park and there are less tourists. You will be able to observer wildlife in peace. July and August — Still the dry season to the park and sightings are very good but the park is crowded during to European summer holiday.

September and October — The whole September Park remains closed for rejuvenation up to 15th October the last two weeks of October is very good to visit just before the rains.

November — Less crowd and good sightings but there is a chance of rain.

December to March — Most crowded time of the year but the sightings are very good. There are chance of rain in first two weeks of December.

April- Very good for sightings but you should avoid the Sinhala new year period.

North East monsoon starts from November to February and you can find most of migratory birds this time.

3. Is it worth to visit Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala with all its flora and fauna is a unique experience and one of the must-sees of Sri Lanka. The park is worth visiting at all times of the year, however, planning your visit during peak season (December to April) is recommended.

4. How to book a safari in Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala National Park is one of the main National Parks in Sri Lanka. It is teeming with wildlife and fauna. Yala National Park is the second largest National Park in Sri Lanka.It is located in the southeastern side of Sri Lanka.

It is bordered by the sea on two sides and surrounded by the local villages in the landside. Yala was declared as a national park in 1939 and it occupies around 1000 square Kilometers. Yala National Park is divided into five blocks and only two of them are open to the public. The blocks that people visit are block 1 and block 5.

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

When you book a safari in Yala National Park we recommend you book with following service providers


https://www.srilankanexpeditions.lk/tours.php?cid=wildlife-safaris-in-sri-lanka

https://www.yalasafariholidays.com/jeep_safaris.php

These 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 them.

5. Do you need a guide when visiting Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Indeed you need a guide for your safari tour in Yala National Park. A guide is very useful to spot animals, pick the best route, and explain how the circle of life works within the park. This gives you a better understanding of the animal’s behavior, and you can ask questions throughout the safari.

6. What are the Safari times of Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Jeeps are allowed to enter Yala National Park two times a day; at 6 AM in the morning and 2 PM in the afternoon. According to the rangers, there is no perfect timeframe to choose from. A Yala tour takes about 4 hours.

7. What are the animals that I can expect to see in Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala National Park is most popular because of its high leopard density and it is a world record. Other than that there is an elephant population around 250–300. Apart from them there are Sloth Bear, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Rusty spotted cat and rich birdlife. The prize of the safari tour in Yala National Park is spotting the apex predator the king of the jungle the “Elusive Leopard”.

8. The distance from Airport to Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

The distance from Bandaranayke International Airport to Yala National Park entrance will be around 286 km and it will take approximately 4 hours to visit the park from airport depending the road conditions and traffic. You can take the southern expressway which is the most easiest way to visit Yala National Park.

9. What kind of weather can I expect in Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala National Park is in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and climate is regularly hot and occasionally humid. The temperature is between Min 20°C / 68°F and Max 33°C / 91°F.

10. What is the rainy season in Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Most of the rain comes to Yala National Park between mid-October to late December and it’s the northeastern monsoon to the park.

11. What is the ecological diversity of Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala National Park has a diverse ecology and landscape. The park consist of shrub jungle to riverine forests, moist and dry monsoon forest, thorn forests, open plains and grasslands, water wetlands and sand dunes.

12. What should a guest bring during the safari in Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

You should bring effective sunscreen, a hat and shades to avoid sunrays. Other than that you can bring a mosquito repellent. It will be good if you could wear some khaki color clothes during your safari and avoid wearing bright color clothes.

13. Can a guest bring camera equipment’s for the safari ride?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yes if you have camera equipment’s that you are familiar you can bring them along the safari in order to take pictures. Other than that it’s good to carry a binocular because you have to spot wildlife from a distance. Make sure your binocular has a good zooming.

14. Map of Yala National Park

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Above is the map of Yala National Park for your convenience.

You can contact Yala National Park via this number +94 47 3489297.

Book a Safari Ride in Yala National Park ? Click here!

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