Yala National Park clinches the top spot for the most popular wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka - and for good reason. Fringed by the Indian Ocean, the vast grasslands, dense forests and glittering lagoons are a natural playground for abundant populations of elephants, leopards and aquatic birds.
A former hunting ground during the British colonial rule, the park is now one of Sri Lanka’s leading ecotourism areas and boasts some of the island’s most pristine rural landscapes. A safari offers endless sightseeing opportunities - we’re talking crocodiles dozing in lagoons, resplendent peacocks parading through forests, and herds of elephants grazing in lush grass. It really is a nature-lover’s dream.
It’s not all about animal encounters in Yala though. If you fancy a spot of culture, you can visit one of the local villages, learn how to whip up a spicy Sri Lankan feast and try your hand at curd making. So whether you choose to spend your time on the back of a jeep or chatting to local farmers over a homecooked lunch, enriching experiences come in all shapes and sizes in this beautiful part of the world.
Ready for a wild adventure? Swap your flip flops for hiking boots and bring your binoculars as you embark on an unforgettable journey into Sri Lanka’s unspoilt wilderness. We promise you won’t regret it.
If you’re a wildlife-enthusiast, a visit to Yala National Park should be at the top of your wish-list. For more insider tips and inspiration on how you can spend your time in the park and surrounding area, head over to our blogs to read about what others have done.
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