• Tina & Julian

Yala Nationalpark, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is home to 22 national parks and all of them are protected by the government.

One of the most famous national parks is located in the south-east of Sri Lanka - the Yala Nationalpark. It has nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons.

There are 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species living in the park. It also has the highest density of leopards in the world. The chances are good to spot one of the 40 - 60 animals in the wild. At our time of visiting we sadly didn't spot any leopards, as it was too flooded by all the rain.

We had an amazing half day tour through the Yala Nationalpark with our driver from Travelution Sri Lanka and can highly recommend to do a tour with them.

What kind of animals can be spotted in the Yala Nationalpark?

The Yala Nationalpark houses a huge variety of wildlife. Of course you'll never get a guarantee to see all of the animals, but despite leopards and bears we did manage to see all of them during our tour.

- Elephants

- Spotted Deer

- Leopard

- Crocodiles

- Wild Water Buffaloes

- Sloth Bears

- Jackals

- Mungos

- Boars

- many bird species

When should I do the safari?

How long does the safari take?

The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low.

There are two types of safari, the morning safari and the afternoon safari.

The early safari starts at 6 am and the late safari starts at 2 pm (the park closes at 6 pm)

Both safaris take about 4 hours.

It doesn't matter if you do the safari in the morning or afternoon, both times are hunting / feeding times, so the animals are on the move.

Where to start the safari?

The national park is divided into five blocks and has different spots where you can enter the park. At the moment two blocks are open to visit. Our "secret tip" is to start the safari in Kataragama at the Katagamuwa entrance. This entrance is less crowded and you won't have that many other jeeps accompanying you on your trip.

During our trip we haven't seen many other cars, which was super nice for us (and as well the animals...)

What to wear to the safari?

Make sure to wear comfortable clothes, as you will have to sit about four hours in the car.

What to bring to the safari?

Drinks and snacks and you're good to go.

How much does the safari cost?

The safari costs 45 $ per person

The Price includes the safari jeep, the entrance fee and the costs for the driver

With our code TRAVELTALES10 you can save 10% on your booking with travelutionsrilanka

How to book the safari?

You can book directly via whats app with Arqam: 0094 775 198 555

or via instagram message

Please book at least 24 hours in advance.

How to get to Kataragama?

Next to Kataragama is the more known town Tissamaharama, which is another starting point for the safari. There are lots of buses heading to Tissa. Just jump on one of them and in Tissa you have to get onto another bus to Kataragama, it will take about half an hour additional time to get to this town.

Just ask the locals at the bus station where the next bus to Katragama is leaving. The people are super friendly and helpful and it is easy to get around.