Yala National Park
For centuries, Yala National Park has been revered as an unparalleled testament to the beauty of the wild in its purest and rawest form. Teeming with birdlife and wildlife, Yala is certainly the best in Asia, and arguably the best spot in the world to see leopards, sloth bears, elephants and a huge variety of birdlife.
The park itself is 1,570-square-kilometres and is mostly open parkland, making the wildlife easier to see, particularly in the December to March dry season. The landscape is varied, with rock outcrops, scrub jungle, lagoons, lakes, rivers and even beaches, and it has a rainy season from April to June (the park closes in September). Yala West is one of the few places in Sri Lanka where it is relatively easy to see a leopard, either strolling beside the track or, with luck, draped elegantly in a tree. There are estimated to be around 35 leopards and 400 wild elephants, as well as wild buffalo, musk deer, mongoose, pangolins, macaques and jackals. Yala certainly promises a series of unforgettable discoveries and exciting adventures.