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Yala National Park

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Price: 30 p.p. $
Contact Department of Wildlife Conservation

Tel: +94 11 2 888585


Ruhuna National park or more affectionately known as Yala. 

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon.

Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.

Yala is an ideal place to spot the “big four” of Sri Lankan wildlife, the elephants, the sloth bear, the illusive leopard and the wild buffalo, the unsung denizen of the park, if nothing else dangerous to the extreme. The roaming elephant herds can be easily seen during dry spells at the small scale reservoirs

wild buffalo, mugger or mash crocodile & salt water crocodiles. The black sloth bear is more difficult to spot as it’s more of a solitary animal of nocturnal habits and sightings tend to be a seasonal occurrence.

Specific details

Opening Hours 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Best time to visit June to September
Area 98 Hectares
Campsites Available Yes
Jeep Safari Available Yes
Entrance Tickets Required Yes
Restaurant Available Yes
Local Guide Available Yes


Yala, Moneragala District, Sri Lanka
Kiranda Tissamaharama,Moneragala,Colombo,Southern Province, Sri Lanka



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