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Things to know about Yala National Park before you visit

Yala National Park is the second largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka and it is the most visited wildlife national park in Sri Lanka. The park has five blocks and there are adjoining parks.

1.What is the best time to visit Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala National Park is the second largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka and it is the most visited wildlife national park in Sri Lanka. The park has five blocks and there are adjoining parks. These five blocks has individual names to them. block 01 is named as Ruhunu National Park and the adjoining area is called as Kumana which is more popular among birdwatchers.

Yala National Park is situated southeast region of the country. Yala National Park covers around 979 square kilometers and locatedabout 300 Kilometers from Colombo. If you are willing to see more wildlife it is recommended to visit Yala National Park inoff peak days like in weekdays because the weekends and public holidays the park is mostly crowded.

During January to February the monsoon rains are getting cleared and park is filled with chill climate and if you are going in to a morning Safari drive you can feel the fresh chill air around. You can find most of herbivore and carnivore animals on top of or near trees and on top of rocks.

If anyone ask what is the best time to visit Yala National Park we would say from May to September where park is greener and blooms with flora and fauna after the rains. The animals are more populated around waterholes this time. During this season you can find young fawns and Leopard cubs with their parents and of course the sloth bears.

March to April are inter monsoon period and there are unpredictable showers during the period. You can find herd of Elephants in this time. From July to September is the dry season for the park and waterholes gets dry and park becomes dustier. In the end we can get to a conclusion that best time to visit Yala National Park is May to September.

2. Where is the Yala National Park situated?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala National Park is situated in the south-eastern corner of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest National Park in Sri Lanka.It is the most preferred National Park in Sri Lanka by local and foreign visitors both. Yala National Park is famous for its great diversity of animals and birdlife. Other than that it has biggest density of Leopards and it’s a well-known place in world to spot Leopards. 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.

3. Where to stay in Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

When you visit Yala National Park there are plenty of places to stay outside or inside the park. Near Thissamaharama there are budget friendly accommodations. Inside the park there are options like Jungle Chalet and Glamping prices vary of these according to the luxury you need.

4. What are the main entry points of Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

There are four main entry points to Yala National Park and they are Palatupana and Katagamuwa and two other entrance are from Galge & Yala west gate on Buttala — Kataragama road. The Palatupana and Katagamuwa entrances are leading to Block 01 and Block 02. The Yala Block 01 and Block 02 remains as the most visited parts of the Yala National Park. The Galge and Buttala- Kataragama entrances leads to Yala Block 03 and Block 05. These two entrances leads where there is less crowd in Yala National Park. Most of the Leopard sightings are made in this blocks due to less congestion.

5. What is the Yala National Park opening time?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala National Park combines a strict nature reserve and it is divided into five blocks. The Yala National Park has a protected area of 130,000 hectares. This area consists of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Only two blocks from five is open for public viewing.

Yala National Park is situated in south east of Sri Lanka close to the Indian Ocean. Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and it was designated as a national park in 1938. Yala National Park is famous for its high density of Leopards. They are the apex predator in Yala National Park. Other than that there are majestic elephants, sloth bears, samba deer, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks and crocodiles.

Yala National Park opening time is from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening. You can enjoy your safari ride throughout this time frame. Yala National Park is an experience of epic proportions which brings you up-close and personal with untamed wildlife.

6. What kind of animals to see in Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yala National Park is an ideal place to observe the “Big Four” of Sri Lanka. Those are the Elephants, the Sloth Bear, the elusive Leopard and the Wild Buffalo. There are herds of elephants ,deer, monkeys, buffaloes, large variants of birds and of course the crocodiles both mugger and saltwater crocodile and there are many more wildlife.The roaming elephant herds can be easily seen during the dry season in Yala National Park. There are small scale reservoirs like Butuwe and Mahaseelawa while Uraniya is best known for its aquatic Aquafina. The Black sloth bear is more difficult to spot as it is more solitary animal with nocturnal habitat.

7. Can you see Leopards in Yala National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

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.

The parks vegetation is consisted mainly with forests, shrubs, grasslands and lagoons. There are around 44 mammal species and 215 bird species within the Yala National Park. The Yala National Park is most popular because of its high density of Leopards. It is believed to be the highest density of the world. The Leopards of Yala National Park is the Apex predator in the park. There are no natural predators for Leopards in Yala National Park so it is a common view that they silently move across the Yala National Park for their next prey. 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.

The Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a Leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Leopard has been listed as vulnerable on the IUCN. The Leopard density of Yala National Park is considered around 60–70. The Leopards of Yala National Park is the apex predator and “King of the jungle”.

8. Is Yala National Park a good bird watching site?

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. If you are a keen birdwatcher Yala National Park is the best place to observe the birds in their natural habitat.Yala National Parks vegetation consists of scrubs, forests, lakes and lagoons. 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.Yala National Park is the one of the most visited national parks in the country.

Yala National park is known to have around 70 most important areas that are filled with birds. There are around 215 bird species and six of them are endemic to Sri Lanka. This consist Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, Crimson fronted barbet, Black capped bul bul & Brown capped babbler. Other than that there are migrant birds which come to Sri Lanka when there is 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 | Nycticora | 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

9. 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.

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