Sea Turtles in Yala – Meet Five Of The Critically Endangered Marine Turtle Species Here

Sea turtles are simply adorable creatures that have been roaming our oceans for millions of years. Unfortunately, six of the seven species have made their way into the endangered list thanks to mostly human interference. At Yala, the great wilderness in Sri Lanka, you’ll be able to meet five of this six.

Where is Yala?

Sri Lanka’s second largest and the most popular national park, Yala is located in the Southern Province good 6 hours away from Colombo. Therefore, you need to base yourself somewhere nearby to get the most out of your stay and enjoy the many things to do in Yala in ease. There are also some pretty cool eco friendly places located within the park itself like Chena Huts.

Sea Turtles Visiting Yala

The five types of sea turtles that visit the shores of Yala include the giant Leatherback, the Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley and the Green turtles.

Why Are They Endangered?

While climate change has an impact on the lives of these innocent creatures, the main reason for them being endangered is due to human activities. Sea turtles are slaughtered for their meat, skin, shell and even the eggs are taken to make soup!

Any Hope?

Yes! After you have met the sea turtles of Yala, go towards Galle where you will find many turtle conservation centres in Kosgoda, Rekawa and Koggala; aimed at protecting the lives these sea turtle. If you stick around during sunset, you might get a chance to be a part of the amazing release program where they release baby turtles into the sea.

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Buduruvangala – Visit the Largest Statue of Buddha

Sri Lanka is an island nation saturated with historical intrigue. In addition to being a popular tourist destination filled with pristine beaches and adventurous rainforests, Sri Lanka was once home to advanced civilisations with a strong Buddhist influence, and therefore the island contains some of the most notable Buddhist temples in the world. So if you happen to be visiting one of the island’s many resorts such as Chena Huts, then visiting the Buduruwagala Temple should definitely be on your list of things to do in Yala.

Until recently, the tallest Buddha statue in existence was located in Afghanistan. Upon its demolition by Taliban forces, the Buduruvangala took its place as the largest statue of its kind. Archaeologists have traced the statue’s construction to the 10th century, although some say that the statue and the temple is as old as the 6th century. Mysteriously, little is mentioned of this grand monument in historical texts concerned with Sri Lanka.

There’s a total of five statues with the largest one, portraying the Lord Buddha, situated in the middle. The middle statue stands over fifty-one feet tall, with the two adjacent statues standing at around forty feet. Although a lot of the fine detail that was once featured on the sculpture has been eroded, some orange remains towards the bottom of the statue, indicating that it was once brightly painted.

In addition to the mystery of the carving’s history, there is a carving of what looks like an oil-lamp close to the statue. Interestingly, the cave in which the lamp carving is in to this day smells like Mustard-Oil, and the source of the smell remains a mystery.

So if you’re embarking on a trip to Sri Lanka, be sure to visit this historical and enigmatic site.

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Things to do in Yala – A Fun Family Safari!

Sri Lanka is famous the world over for its pristine beaches, ancient monuments and lively local culture. However, there is another aspect of this island paradise that also offers visitors countless hours of excitement and adventure; its exotic wildlife! 
Blessed with varying terrains from coastal environs to lush tropical rainforests, Sri Lanka is home to a wide range of flora and fauna including endemic and endangered species. One of the best places in the country to view this diversity is at the Yala National Park.
Declared a National Park in 1938, Yala covers an area of around 100,000 hectares and has been divided into five blocks. Located approximately 290 kms from the commercial capital Colombo, Yala is uniquely positioned near the coast and offers visitors a chance to travel past varied landscapes that include scrub jungles, dense forests and coastal lagoons. 
Among the foremost things to do in Yala is to engage in a leopard safari. Renowned the world over as one of the best places to view and photograph these majestic predators, the park is home to the distinctive Sri Lankan leopard. The park’s Block One has the highest population density of leopards and is thus frequently visited by those on a safari. The best times to take leopard safaris are either during the early hours of the morning or in the evenings near dusk.  
However, leopards are not the only wildlife that you will come across here. Yala also has a large population of Asian elephants that can be seen roaming the park. Continuing your adventures you may come across such animals as wild buffalos, sloth bears, spotted deer, toque macaque monkeys and even mugger and saltwater crocodiles. Avid bird watching enthusiasts will also have plenty to see here since over 120 bird species call the park home. These include such endemic species as the Sri Lanka junglefowl, black-capped bulbul and the Sri Lanka wood pigeon.
Those planning to explore this fascinating wildlife park and looking for a Yala Sri Lanka hotel can stay at Chaaya Wild Yala. An ideal base from which to explore the park, this Yala hotel also organises safaris and excursions for guests.