Yala is Sri Lanka’s most famous National Park. It is believed that the Park has one of the largest concentrations of leopards anywhere in the world. It is also home to buffalo, crocodile, sloth bear and over 300 elephants. It is located in the south east of the Island and as such has always been in an area where tourists have always travelled. The result has been that Yala was always on travel company itineraries, a well-worn path.
The elephant population varies seasonally; isn’t it great news that elephants are free to roam unharmed outside the boundaries of the Park? A word of caution though because there is a threat of poaching.
The Park has a semi-arid climate but gets rain from the north east monsoon. There is monsoon forest and freshwater and marine wetlands. There is a huge variety of birdlife and there is little doubt that Yala will maintain its prominence on the schedule of wildlife lovers.