Safari in Yala National Park
Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka ‘s premier tourism destinations, lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces.
The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The park is renowned for the variety of its Wildlife (most notably its many elephants) and its fine coastline (with associated coral reefs). It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.
Half Day Safari Yala Wildlife Park
The Half day safari tour is around 3 to 4 hours, Either early morning or in the afternoon depending on the time availability that you have with the rest of your travel itinerary. It can take even longer if you have been lucky enough to see more animal activities to spend more time in the park.
Fullday Safari Programme of Yala Wildlife Park
Full day jeep safaris or to split your day into morning and afternoon drives. Your best chance to see a leopard is generally early in the morning and then again at dusk. You can stay until just after dark inside the park, thus maximising your chances of a leopard encounter. The male leopards in Yala are very confident and are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities. There are similarities between Yala and the best National Parks in India for photographing tigers, in both cases the big cats have become habitualised to the jeeps thus enabling us to enjoy a privileged view of these magnificent animals.
Leopard Trails Safari of Yala Wildlife Park
The cat’s purr can be heard from a distance and is so soporific. The male leopard in Yala is very confident and is often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeeps, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities. They love to bask in the sun at the top of 30ft rocks and it’s breathtaking.