Elephants in Yala National Park

Yala National Park – The Jungle Book of Sri Lanka

This post was last updated on July 30th, 2019 at 02:10 pm

Yala National Park is the Jungle Book of Sri Lanka. It is one of the best-known and most beautiful nature parks in the country. Monkeys swing through the trees, elephants move through the woods and leopards secretly find their way through the park. The park has extensive forests and open plains. A safari through this park is a unique experience that you cannot miss.


Yala National Park

The Yala National Park is located in the southeast of Sri Lanka. With almost 100,000 hectares (about 247,000 acres), it is one of the largest parks in Sri Lanka. And with 130 animal species, it is also particularly impressive. However, you cannot see the entire park; a small part is open to the public. There are various ecosystems present in the park which must be preserved.


There are wet areas but also extremely dry areas. In addition, important rivers flow through the park such as the Kumbukkan Oya and the Menik Ganga. These rivers provide the animals with sufficient drinking water during the drier periods. Most travelers come here to see the elephants.


Wetlands in Yala national park
Wetlands in the Yala National Park


During a safari through the park you can see deer, buffalo, monkeys, bears, crocodiles, elephants and boar with a little luck. The leopards that are sitting there hardly show themselves. In addition to special nature and a variety of animals, the park also offers ancient ruins such as Kataragama, Sithulpahuwa, and Magul Maha Vihara.


TIP – Take a look at our Sri Lanka page. You will find a lot of extra information here. The Sri Lanka travel information page is also full of information about this beautiful country.


Peacock standing on a rock in the jungle
Guys… I think we’re being watched!


Visiting the park

Most travelers visit the Yala National Park from Tissamaharama or Hambantota. If you are a true nature lover and prefer to spend several days in the park, you can also spend the night in the chalets of Chaaya Wild, which is three kilometers (1.86 miles) away from the park.


Although the park can be visited all year round, October to December is indicated as the best time to visit the park.


Location of the Yala National Park

Google Map of Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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