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'''Yala National Park''' (also known as Ruhunu National Park) is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
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'''Yala National Park''' (also known as Ruhunu National Park) is the most visited and second largest national park in [[Sri Lanka]]. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
  
[[Image:Wild Elephant yala small version.JPG|thumb|print=fullpage|450px|Wild Elephants Commonly Found in Yala : Elephant Rock in the background ]]
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[[Image:Wild Elephant yala small version.JPG|thumb|print=fullpage|upright=1.6|Wild Elephants Commonly Found in Yala: Elephant Rock in the background ]]
  
The western part of Yala ( block one) is named as the area with highest leopard concentration in the world. Do realize that with only 35 leopards in the entire park the chances of actually seeing a single leopard are still relatively slim.
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The western part of Yala (block one) is named as the area with the highest leopard concentration in the world. Do realize that with only 35 leopards in the entire park the chances of actually seeing a single leopard are still relatively slim.
  
[[Image:Leopards Yala.jpg|thumb|print=fullpage|450px|Yala : highest leopard concentration in the world]]
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[[Image:Leopards Yala.jpg|thumb|print=fullpage|upright=1.3|Yala: highest leopard concentration in the world]]
  
  
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===Landscape===
 
===Landscape===
 
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Yala is situated in the lowest peneplain of Sri Lanka, which extends from Trincomalee to Hambantota. Topographically the area is a flat and mildly undulating plain that runs to the coast with elevation is 30 metres (98 ft) close to the coast while rising in the interior to 100–125 metres (330–410 ft). The national park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. The mean annual rainfall ranges between 500–775 millimetres (20–30.5 in) while the mean temperature ranges between 26.4°C (79.5°F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in April. It is windier in Yala, during the southwest monsoon compared to the wind during the northeast monsoon with wind speeds from 23 kilometres per hour (14 mph) to 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph).[3]
Yala is situated in the lowest peneplain of Sri Lanka, which extends from Trincomalee to Hambantota. Topographically the area is a flat and mildly undulating plain that runs to the coast with elevation is 30 metres (98 ft) close to the coast while rising in the interior to 100–125 metres (330–410 ft). The national park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. The mean annual rainfall ranges between 500–775 millimetres (20–30.5 in) while the mean temperature ranges between 26.4 °C (79.5 °F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in April. It is windier in Yala, during the southwest monsoon compared to the wind during the northeast monsoon with wind speeds from 23 kilometres per hour (14 mph) to 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph).[3]
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===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
 
 
Yala National Park has a variety of ecosystems including moist monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, fresh water and marine wetlands, and sandy beaches. The area under forest cover mainly consists of Block I and rangelands of open parkland (Pelessa grasslands) including some extensive grasslands. The forest area is restricted to around the Menik River while rangelands are found towards the sea side. Other habitat types of the Block I are tanks and water holes, lagoons and mangroves and chena lands. The mangrove vegetation in the Buthuwa lagoon is largely Rhizophora mucronata while Avicennia spp. and Aegiceras spp. are less abundant. The vegetation of Block II is similar to those of Block I, and Yalawela, once a fertile paddy field, represents Pitiya grasslands. The mangroves of Block II occur around the estuary of Menik River, which extent to 100 hectares (0.39 sq mi). The common mangrove plants are Rhizophora mucronata, Sonneratia caseolaris, Avicennia spp., and Aegiceras corniculatum. The lagoons of Pilinnawa, Mahapothana, and Pahalapothana are also located in this block. The other common mangrove species are Sonneratia caseolaris, Acanthus ilicifolius, Excoecaria agallocha, and Lumnitzera racemosa. In the bare sand Crinum zeylanicum is found.
 
Yala National Park has a variety of ecosystems including moist monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, fresh water and marine wetlands, and sandy beaches. The area under forest cover mainly consists of Block I and rangelands of open parkland (Pelessa grasslands) including some extensive grasslands. The forest area is restricted to around the Menik River while rangelands are found towards the sea side. Other habitat types of the Block I are tanks and water holes, lagoons and mangroves and chena lands. The mangrove vegetation in the Buthuwa lagoon is largely Rhizophora mucronata while Avicennia spp. and Aegiceras spp. are less abundant. The vegetation of Block II is similar to those of Block I, and Yalawela, once a fertile paddy field, represents Pitiya grasslands. The mangroves of Block II occur around the estuary of Menik River, which extent to 100 hectares (0.39 sq mi). The common mangrove plants are Rhizophora mucronata, Sonneratia caseolaris, Avicennia spp., and Aegiceras corniculatum. The lagoons of Pilinnawa, Mahapothana, and Pahalapothana are also located in this block. The other common mangrove species are Sonneratia caseolaris, Acanthus ilicifolius, Excoecaria agallocha, and Lumnitzera racemosa. In the bare sand Crinum zeylanicum is found.
  
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It used to be possible to enter the park from Katharagama, but that entrance is currently closed.
 
It used to be possible to enter the park from Katharagama, but that entrance is currently closed.
  
[[Image:Yala map.jpg|thumb|print=fullpage|450px|Yala : Located in the southern coast of the island]]
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[[Image:Yala map.jpg|thumb|print=fullpage|upright=1.3|Yala: Located in the southern coast of the island]]
  
 
==Fees/Permits==
 
==Fees/Permits==
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March 2012: we paid 4500 LKR each for a half-day trip from Tissamaharama (6 people in "luxury" jeep; entrance fees and all other taxes included)
 
March 2012: we paid 4500 LKR each for a half-day trip from Tissamaharama (6 people in "luxury" jeep; entrance fees and all other taxes included)
  
November 2012: above seems still correct. About 3500 for a day pass. And about 6000 for a half day tour and about 10,000 for a full day tour. If you add more people everyone needs a day pass, but the tour part stays more or less the same (maybe add about 500 per person).
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November 2012: above seems still correct. About 3700 for a day pass. And about 6000 for a half day tour and about 10,000 for a full day tour. If you add more people everyone needs a day pass, but the tour part stays more or less the same (maybe add about 500 per person).
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May 2013: The Nov numbers are still valid. They will start at a ridiculously high number, but bargain hard and don't be afraid to walk away and try another hotel.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
 
 
Yala Natinal Park is one of the best places for sightings of wild elephants in the park is home to many animals including buffaloes, leopards, monkeys, circles, crocodiles, wild boars and bears.
 
Yala Natinal Park is one of the best places for sightings of wild elephants in the park is home to many animals including buffaloes, leopards, monkeys, circles, crocodiles, wild boars and bears.
  
 
The cat’s purr can be heard from a distance and is so soporific. They love to bask in the sun at the top of 30ft rocks and it’s breathtaking, so take a zoom/telephoto lens.  
 
The cat’s purr can be heard from a distance and is so soporific. They love to bask in the sun at the top of 30ft rocks and it’s breathtaking, so take a zoom/telephoto lens.  
  
February-June/July is the optimum time to visit when water tables are low. Leopard, elephant and many smaller animals are competing for the same drinking supply. You are likely also to see sloth bears, deer, wild boar, buffaloes, crocodiles and monkeys. Birds are in profusion – up to 130 species. The park also contains a monastic settlement, Situlpahuwa and other important centres of pilgrimage
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Feb-Jun/Jul is the optimum time to visit when water tables are low. Leopard, elephant and many smaller animals are competing for the same drinking supply. You are likely also to see sloth bears, deer, wild boar, buffaloes, crocodiles and monkeys. Birds are in profusion – up to 130 species. The park also contains a monastic settlement, Situlpahuwa and other important centres of pilgrimage
  
[[Image:Wildbour yala.JPG|thumb|print=fullpage|450px|Yala : Wild boar - Looking for something!!]]
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[[Image:Wildbour yala.JPG|thumb|print=fullpage|upright=1.3|Yala: Wild boar - Looking for something!!]]
  
[[Image:Peakcock yala.JPG|thumb|print=fullpage|450px|Peacock : The most beautiful bird you can ever see]]
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[[Image:Peakcock yala.JPG|thumb|print=fullpage|upright=1.3|Peacock: the most beautiful bird you can ever see]]
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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*<do name="Sudu Safari Tours" alt="" address="Yala National Park and Bundalla Park" directions="Pick up from your hotel" phone="+94 077-194-2379" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Jeep safari tour with guide, particularly good for bird watching. Speaks English, and a few words of German, French, Polish, Dutch, and Russian. Half day tour (excluding entrance fee) 4500 one/two people, for each additional person add 1000 LKR each. Full day tour (excluding entrance fee) 9000 LKR for one/two person, for each additional person add 2000 LKR. Lunch can be provided for 500 per person. Camping at Tree House can be aranged, 35000 LKR for two people (all inclusive). </do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
*<buy name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></buy>
 
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
There is a small and spartan store at the entrance. It sells chips and soda mainly.
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There is a small and spartan store at the entrance. It sells crisps and soft drinks mainly.
  
 
It is best to bring your own snacks for the duration of your trip.
 
It is best to bring your own snacks for the duration of your trip.
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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*<sleep name="Lake View Bungalow Yala" alt="" address="59, Mahadeira, Yodha Kandiya, Tissamaharama" directions="At Yodha Kandiya, turn into Sithulpawwa Road. Immediately turn left into gravel road and travel 1 km for 5 minutes, keeping to the right when there is another road." phone="+94 722 340 355" url="http://www.yalasafariluxurylodge.com/" checkin="12:00" checkout="10:00" price="Call for details" lat="" long=""></sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Lake View Bungalow Yala" alt="" address="59, Mahadeira, Yodha Kandiya, Tissamaharama" directions="At Yodha Kandiya, turn into Sithulpawwa Road. Immediately turn left into gravel road and travel 1 km for 5 minutes, keeping to the right when there is another road." phone="(011) 3071263" url="" checkin="12 noon" checkout="10 am" price="Call for details" lat="" long=""></sleep>
 
 
===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
Even though the guidebooks warn you about getting off the bus early - at the clocktower - most of the cheaper accommodations are possibly located near there, or at least the cheaper ones I found.  But the touts there ARE strong.  Beware that if you choose a cheap guesthouse, like Misihasa Lake View, the brother that runs the place is really aggressive about selling you his overpriced safari tour.  He bragged that he sold an afternoon safari to a Japanese guy for 14,000 Sri Lankan Rupees.  The guesthouses I saw are very business-oriented - so much so that they don't care about helping you!  Good Luck.
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Even though the guidebooks warn you about getting off the bus early - at the clock tower - most of the cheaper accommodations are possibly located near there, or at least the cheaper ones I found.  But the touts there ARE strong.  Beware that if you choose a cheap guesthouse, like Misihasa Lake View, the brother that runs the place is really aggressive about selling you his overpriced safari tour.  He bragged that he sold an afternoon safari to a Japanese guy for 14,000 Sri Lankan Rupees.  The guesthouses I saw are very business-oriented - so much so that they don't care about helping you!  Good Luck.
  
Good places at very low cost can be found in Airbnb.com site. I have found a very good place that runs by a family and they were fantastic and helped me.
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Good places at very low cost can be found on Airbnb.com.
  
 
===Camping===
 
===Camping===
 
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* <sleep name="Wild Trails by Amaya" address="Yala National Park, Tissamaharama" phone="+94 11 4767888" url="http://www.wildtrailslanka.com/" price="From US$575.00">Deluxe Tent Single, Double or Triple, all equipped with Ablution facilities for freshening up, Rich beddings and Mosquito nets. Facilities and services are Outdoor dining, Wildlife park and Bonfire set-up.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Wild Trails by Amaya" address="Yala National Park, Tissamaharama" phone="+94 11 4767888" url="http://www.wildtrailslanka.com/" price="From USD 575.00">Deluxe Tent Single, Double or Triple, all equipped with Ablution facilities for freshening up, Rich beddings and Mosquito nets. Facilities and services are Outdoor dining, Wildlife park and Bonfire set-up.</sleep>
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===Backcountry===
 
===Backcountry===
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
Just stay in the vehicle. These are wild animals. There are crocodiles hidden everywhere, dangerous lizards, and heaps of other troublesome critters.
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Just stay in the vehicle. These are wild animals. There are crocodiles hidden everywhere, dangerous lizards, and heaps of other troublesome critters.
  
Also hold on the ride gets very bumpy and its easy to bang your head or get tossed around.
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Also hold on; the ride gets very bumpy and it's easy to bang your head or get tossed around.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 23:08, 30 June 2013

Yala National Park (also known as Ruhunu National Park) is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.

Wild Elephants Commonly Found in Yala: Elephant Rock in the background

The western part of Yala (block one) is named as the area with the highest leopard concentration in the world. Do realize that with only 35 leopards in the entire park the chances of actually seeing a single leopard are still relatively slim.

Yala: highest leopard concentration in the world


Contents

Understand

History

Landscape

Yala is situated in the lowest peneplain of Sri Lanka, which extends from Trincomalee to Hambantota. Topographically the area is a flat and mildly undulating plain that runs to the coast with elevation is 30 metres (98 ft) close to the coast while rising in the interior to 100–125 metres (330–410 ft). The national park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. The mean annual rainfall ranges between 500–775 millimetres (20–30.5 in) while the mean temperature ranges between 26.4°C (79.5°F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in April. It is windier in Yala, during the southwest monsoon compared to the wind during the northeast monsoon with wind speeds from 23 kilometres per hour (14 mph) to 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph).[3]

Flora and fauna

Yala National Park has a variety of ecosystems including moist monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, fresh water and marine wetlands, and sandy beaches. The area under forest cover mainly consists of Block I and rangelands of open parkland (Pelessa grasslands) including some extensive grasslands. The forest area is restricted to around the Menik River while rangelands are found towards the sea side. Other habitat types of the Block I are tanks and water holes, lagoons and mangroves and chena lands. The mangrove vegetation in the Buthuwa lagoon is largely Rhizophora mucronata while Avicennia spp. and Aegiceras spp. are less abundant. The vegetation of Block II is similar to those of Block I, and Yalawela, once a fertile paddy field, represents Pitiya grasslands. The mangroves of Block II occur around the estuary of Menik River, which extent to 100 hectares (0.39 sq mi). The common mangrove plants are Rhizophora mucronata, Sonneratia caseolaris, Avicennia spp., and Aegiceras corniculatum. The lagoons of Pilinnawa, Mahapothana, and Pahalapothana are also located in this block. The other common mangrove species are Sonneratia caseolaris, Acanthus ilicifolius, Excoecaria agallocha, and Lumnitzera racemosa. In the bare sand Crinum zeylanicum is found.

Of 215 bird species of the park, six are endemic to Sri Lanka. They are Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Wood-pigeon, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, and Brown-capped Babbler. The number of waterbirds inhabiting wetlands of Yala is 90 and half of them are migrants. Waterfowls (Lesser Whistling Duck, Garganey), Cormorants (Little Cormorant, Indian Cormorant), large waterbirds (Grey Heron, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Asian Openbill, Painted Stork), medium-sized waders Tringa spp., and small waders Charadrius spp. are among the common waterbirds. Black-necked Stork and Lesser Adjutant are the rare birds that can be seen in the park. The migrant Great White Pelican and resident Spot-billed Pelican are also have been recorded. Other waterbirds attracted to the Yala lagoons include Lesser Flamingo, and Pelicans, and rare species such as Purple Heron, Night herons, Egrets, Purple Swamphen, and Oriental Darter. Thousands of waterfowls migrate to the lagoons of Yala during the northeast monsoon. They are Northern Pintail, White-winged Tern, Eurasian Curlew, Whimbrel, Godwits, and Ruddy Turnstone. The visiting species mingled with residing Lesser Whistling Duck, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Red-wattled Lapwing, and Great Stone-curlew. Rock Pigeon, Barred Buttonquail, Indian Peafowl, Black Stork, Black-winged Stilt, and Greater Flamingo are among the other bird species. Crested Serpent-eagle and White-bellied Sea Eagle are the raptors of the park. The forest birds are Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Hornbills, Old World flycatchers, Asian Paradise-flycatcher, Asian barbets, and Orioles.

44 species of mammals are resident in Yala National Park, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The elephant herd of Yala contains 300–350 individuals. Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Elephant, Wild water buffalo are threatened species. Toque Macaque, Golden Palm Civet, Red Slender Loris, and Fishing Cat are among the other mammals that can be seen in Yala.

The reptile fauna recorded from the park is 46 and five of them are endemic: Sri Lankan Krait, Boulenger's Keelback, Sri Lankan Flying Snake, Painted-lip Lizard and Wiegmann's Agama. The coastal line of the park is visited by the all five globally endangered sea turtles (Leatherback turtle, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Hawksbill turtle, and Green turtle) that visit Sri Lanka. The two breeding crocodile species of Sri Lanka, Mugger crocodile and Saltwater Crocodile inhabit the park. The Indian Cobra and Russell's viper are among the other reptiles. There are 18 amphibians species that have been recorded from Yala while Bufo atukoralei and Adenomus kelaartii are endemic to Sri Lanka. In the water courses of Yala, 21 fresh water fishes are found. The fish population in the perennial reservoirs contain mostly exotic food fish Mozambique tilapia. The Stone sucker and Esomus thermoicos are endemic among other species. The Blackspot barb, Olive Barb, Orange chromide and Common Spiny Loach are the common fish species. Crabs and prawns include the fauna in the lagoons of the park. A variety of butterfly species is found here. The Common bluebottle, Common Lime Butterfly, Crimson Rose, Common Jezebel, and Common Mormon are the common species.

Climate

Get in

It is most easy to take a tour from the nearby town of Tissa (Tissamaharama). You can take a tour from any number of guest house/hotels in the city. Most leave at 5:00 or 14:30, but it depends on if you are going for half/full day or overnight. The entrance to the park is about 3,700 rupees, but it changes often. The tours should cost about 4,000 to 6,000 on top of the admission ticket. It is usually split between the people in the truck, but you should negotiate this. It can be expensive to do alone, so it is best to try and partner with others to increase bargaining power. The tour guides often will use you as bait for people coming off buses. It makes both your lives easier to meet the people off the buses right away, as it gets competitive and most drivers will call their friends to tell them you are coming. They all know what travelers are coming here for.

It is also possible to stay at a bungalow more near the park, but it may cost more and is a little more difficult to reach alone.

It used to be possible to enter the park from Katharagama, but that entrance is currently closed.

Yala: Located in the southern coast of the island

Fees/Permits

Currently 3,700 rupees for a day pass.

March 2012: we paid 4500 LKR each for a half-day trip from Tissamaharama (6 people in "luxury" jeep; entrance fees and all other taxes included)

November 2012: above seems still correct. About 3700 for a day pass. And about 6000 for a half day tour and about 10,000 for a full day tour. If you add more people everyone needs a day pass, but the tour part stays more or less the same (maybe add about 500 per person).

May 2013: The Nov numbers are still valid. They will start at a ridiculously high number, but bargain hard and don't be afraid to walk away and try another hotel.

Get around

See

Yala Natinal Park is one of the best places for sightings of wild elephants in the park is home to many animals including buffaloes, leopards, monkeys, circles, crocodiles, wild boars and bears.

The cat’s purr can be heard from a distance and is so soporific. They love to bask in the sun at the top of 30ft rocks and it’s breathtaking, so take a zoom/telephoto lens.

Feb-Jun/Jul is the optimum time to visit when water tables are low. Leopard, elephant and many smaller animals are competing for the same drinking supply. You are likely also to see sloth bears, deer, wild boar, buffaloes, crocodiles and monkeys. Birds are in profusion – up to 130 species. The park also contains a monastic settlement, Situlpahuwa and other important centres of pilgrimage

Yala: Wild boar - Looking for something!!
Peacock: the most beautiful bird you can ever see

Do

  • Sudu Safari Tours, Yala National Park and Bundalla Park (Pick up from your hotel), +94 077-194-2379. Jeep safari tour with guide, particularly good for bird watching. Speaks English, and a few words of German, French, Polish, Dutch, and Russian. Half day tour (excluding entrance fee) 4500 one/two people, for each additional person add 1000 LKR each. Full day tour (excluding entrance fee) 9000 LKR for one/two person, for each additional person add 2000 LKR. Lunch can be provided for 500 per person. Camping at Tree House can be aranged, 35000 LKR for two people (all inclusive).

Buy

Eat

There is a small and spartan store at the entrance. It sells crisps and soft drinks mainly.

It is best to bring your own snacks for the duration of your trip.

Drink

Sleep

  • Lake View Bungalow Yala, 59, Mahadeira, Yodha Kandiya, Tissamaharama (At Yodha Kandiya, turn into Sithulpawwa Road. Immediately turn left into gravel road and travel 1 km for 5 minutes, keeping to the right when there is another road.), +94 722 340 355, [1]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 10:00. Call for details.

Lodging

Even though the guidebooks warn you about getting off the bus early - at the clock tower - most of the cheaper accommodations are possibly located near there, or at least the cheaper ones I found. But the touts there ARE strong. Beware that if you choose a cheap guesthouse, like Misihasa Lake View, the brother that runs the place is really aggressive about selling you his overpriced safari tour. He bragged that he sold an afternoon safari to a Japanese guy for 14,000 Sri Lankan Rupees. The guesthouses I saw are very business-oriented - so much so that they don't care about helping you! Good Luck.

Good places at very low cost can be found on Airbnb.com.

Camping

  • Wild Trails by Amaya, Yala National Park, Tissamaharama, +94 11 4767888, [2]. Deluxe Tent Single, Double or Triple, all equipped with Ablution facilities for freshening up, Rich beddings and Mosquito nets. Facilities and services are Outdoor dining, Wildlife park and Bonfire set-up. From US$575.00.

Backcountry

Stay safe

Just stay in the vehicle. These are wild animals. There are crocodiles hidden everywhere, dangerous lizards, and heaps of other troublesome critters.

Also hold on; the ride gets very bumpy and it's easy to bang your head or get tossed around.

Get out


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