Choose to visit, Yala -A national park with an abundance of wild life! Yala national park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka and is famous for the variety of wild life it offers. Yala, primarily a shrub jungle with several lagoons is the place to observe Leopard, Sloth Bears, Elephants, Sambar, Spotted Dear, crocodiles and a variety of birds.
Yala National Park with a protected area of 126,768 hectares consisting of shrubs, lagoons and rocks, is home to Elephants, Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Deer, Sambar, Peacocks and dozens of birds. Known to have the highest density of Leopards in the world, the Park is also home to Sloth bears. The second largest National park in the country, Yala also offers the wild life enthusiasts with overnight camping experiences.
Unlike the Yala park that is open to the public which is also known as block I, the Block II of the park is only accessible by 4WD. Block II which had been closed to civilians until recent times have no cleared paths and it is a jungle drive altogether with many river crossings on the way. A de-tour to can be made to the Sithulpawwa rock temple where it is believed that 12,000 monks who had achieved the highest state of mind according to Buddhism was living there at one time.
Kirinda built around the ancient temple on a rock believed to be the landing site of Queen Viharamaha Devi has magnificent views of the sea and beyond. Yes – beyond as on a clear day, or with the help of binoculars, one could see the light houses of great basses reef in the horizon. While on the rock, you could also get good views of the kirinda fisheries harbor that is one of the main fishing points in the deep south of the country.
With many Lakes available in the surrounding areas, the experiential traveler could hitch a ride on a catamaran for lake fishing with a villager. Cycling on the bunds and through paddy fields around a village meeting and greeting the village folk on the way too would be an experience like no other. You may have to give way to the occasional herd of cows that cross your path though!
Udawalawe national park consists of over 30,000 hectares of wild nature reserve bordering the dry zone, and is known for its wild Elephants, Wildboar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Jackal, Sambar and Water Buffalo as well as migratory birds. Udawalawa also contains a transit home for baby Elephants that are disabled or orphaned.
Bundala is a 6,216 hectare scenic National Park that borders a coastal lagoon and is better known for birds. The most prominent visitor to the park is the beautiful flamingo that adds a striking color to the scenery. Bundala is the only National Park in Sri Lanka that is home to both the estuarine and the fresh water crocodiles - the two species of crocodiles endemic to the country.