Yala is the most popular and largest National Park in Sri Lanka for wildlife and adventure. Yala is located about 300km from Colombo and covers an area of over 1200 sq km. Here you will find wild elephants, leopards, bears, wild boars, buffalos, deers, crocodiles and a many species of birds. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. There are also abundance of water supply for animals and birds ranging from waterholes, streams, small lakes to lagoons.
The national park is divided into 5 blocks where only block 1 and 2 is available for visits. You will also find some beautiful nature resorts built in the middle of the national parks to maximise your wildlife experience.
Yala West (Ruhuna) National Park covers an area of over 1000 sq km. It is well recognised as one of the best parks to observe and photograph leopards.
Kumana (Yala East) covers about 180 sq km and is home to many bird species. One of the key features of the park is a 200 hectare natural swamp lake called ‘Kumana Villu’, which is fed by the ‘Kumbukkan Oya’ through a half mile long narrow channel. Many water birds nest in May and June at this mangrove swamp.