Safaris in Yala National Park
Yala is Sri Lanka’s largest national park, and is a mix of grassland, marine wetlands and verdant forests making it an ideal habitat for wildlife. It is the best place in Sri Lanka to see leopard, with some of the highest concentrations found anywhere in the world. The downside is that its proximity to the beaches of the south coast mean that it gets quite a few tourists, so its best to stay in one of the camps or hotels close to the park and go on safari early in the morning and late afternoon. As well as leopard, wild elephant is regularly spotted. Other mammals include sloth bear and water buffalo and toque macaque, golden palm civet, fishing cat and red slender loris are occasionally seen if you are very lucky. You also can see muggar and saltwater crocodile. There are 215 species of birdlife in the park, seven of which are endemic including the grey hornbill and blue-tailed bee eater amongst others.