Set amidst everything from jungles to sandy beaches, Yala National Park offers thrilling wildlife safaris in Sri Lanka; here’s more on what you can expect.
The key attraction here are leopards and in fact, the park features the world’s highest density of these stealthy predators. This variety of species is endemic to the island and those staying at a Yala hotel bordering the park can easily enjoy morning and evening safaris at Block One known for its leopard sightings.
Infrared Night Drives
For a unique wildlife experience, nothing beats a night safari offered by the likes of Cinnamon Wild Yala. Using infrared technology and special night vision goggles so as not to disturb the animals, this experience provides an exhilarating way to witness nocturnal jungle creatures including leopards in their natural habitat.
Other Wildlife Highlights
While leopard sightings can’t be guaranteed, you get plenty more wildlife to observe. You may see elephants socialising with each other, water buffalos wallowing in the mud, crocodiles sunning themselves, spotted deer leaping from sight, monkeys playing in the trees and crested serpent eagles circling above!
Amongst the other attractions in Yala National Park are its historical sites which are linked with Buddhism. This includes Sithulpawwa, a rock temple dating back more than 2,200 years and which features a cave with ancient murals. Also of interest, is the nearby Magul Maha Viharaya that is said to be from the second century B.C.