Yala National Park

Home to a plethora of species of flora and fauna, Yala National Park is a fascinating place to visit for those with an interest in wildlife.

Covering an area of over 125,000 hectares, this former hunting reserve is now dedicated to conserving this beautiful forest habitat for its inhabitants which include amongst others, elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambar deer, spotted deer buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, porcupines and over 130 species of birds, many of which migrate south from the harsh northern winters.

Why visit Yala National Park?

  • Enjoy morning & afternoon 4×4 safari drives in the national park
  • Do some birding in Bundala National Park
  • Sit and watch a leopard
  • Marvel at a wild peacock’s startling display of feathers
  • Relax by the pool and soak up the sun after a morning’s safari drive

Yala National Park boasts a huge diversity of habitats ranging from scrub plains, jungle and rocky outcrops to fresh water lakes, rivers and beaches hence the huge variety of flora and fauna within the National Park and one part is known to have one of the highest densities of leopards in the world.

The dry months from May to September are often the best time for viewing big game whilst from October to April during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, Yala becomes home to many species of migratory birds and is a hot spot for bird watching.




A Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT + 5.5 Hours

Flight Time

10.5 hours Direct


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