Size        103,889 hectares

Main attractions

Yala has the world’s highest concentration of Leopards. crocodile, elephant, deer, sambar, bear, wild bore, wild buffalo and peacock and may varieties of birds including migratory birds such as flamingos..

Yala National Park was initially started as a Game Sanctuary by the British in 1894 and was established as the Yala National Park in 1938. Yala covers more than 100,000 hectares of wildlife with Kirinda to west, Kataragama to North, Panama to east and the indian ocean to the south. Yala is divided in to 5 areas known as block 1 to 5. The most visited area is block one. The road network is much better on this block and easily accessible even without a four wheel drive. Some parts of the park were closed for visitors due to LTTE Terrorist activities in the past but now most of these area are open to the public.

It is possible to hire jeeps at the entrance to the park. The best time to see these animals (including leopards) are early morning and at dusk. The park of is mostly known for its dense population of leopards. They are quite used to human presence and generally will not run away when a vehicle is encountered. Elephants are the most common sight in the park

Yala West is closed in September and usually part of August and October too. But when it’s open the best way to get there is to catch a bus to the coastal town of Tissamaharama, and then hire a jeep and a driver. If you have your own four wheel drive you can just drive up to the front gate and pay the entrance and tracker fees.

The park is also covers a number of archaeological sites including the famous “ Magul Maha Viharaya ” dating back to 1st Century BC.

Rates for half a day safari game drives at Yala National Park – 6 AM to 10 AM or 3 PM to 6 PM

1 pax     –              US$ 98

2 pax     –              US$ 146

3 pax     –              US$ 192

4 pax     –              US$ 238

5 pax     –              US$ 298

6 pax     –              US$ 357

The above rates include

Free hotel pick up and drop (From Hotels in Yala, Kirinda and Tissamaharama areas)

3 to 4 hours of game drive (Morning game drive is 4 hour and Afternoon game drive is 3 hours)

Jeep fees

Park entrance fees

All taxes

Note – All our jeeps are equipped with an Ice Box and free refreshments will be provided during the game drive.

Rates for full a day safari game drives at Yala National Park – from 6 AM to 6 PM

1 pax     –              US$ 139

2 pax     –              US$ 181

3 pax     –              US$ 227

4 pax     –              US$ 275

5 pax     –              US$ 328

6 pax     –              US$ 393

The above rates include

Free hotel pick up and drop (From Hotels in Yala, Kirinda and Tissamaharama areas)

10 to 12 hours safari (6 am to 6 pm)

Jeep fees

Park entrance fees

All taxes

Note – All our jeeps are equipped with an Ice Box and free refreshments will be provided during the game drive.

Our picnic meal packs (Optional)

We can provide you picnic breakfast and lunch packs on request at an extra fee.

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