Yala National Park is located in the south eastern area of Sri Lanka. It is extended over two provinces of Hambantota district of southern province and Monaragala district in Uva province. The entrance to the National park is at Palatupana, 12km from Kirinda. The distance from Colombo to the entry point of Palatupana is 305 km and the entrance to Yala National Park is Tissamaharama town.The park provides jeeps for visitors, which gives the opportunity to view wild life and it is known as Safari tours. The best times are dawn and dusk  for Safari tours in the Yala National Park.Yala is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It consists of five blocks is the most visited spreads over an area of 1260 square kilometers. The mean annual temperature is 27 Celsius , the temperature could go as high as 37 Celsius in the dry season.

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Animals in Yala National Park

Yala was selected as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, aquatic birds and Sri Lankan leopards .


44 species of mammals are occupant in Yala National Park with including Sri Lankan elephant. It has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The elephant herd of Yala contains 300–350 individuals of elephants. Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan sloth bear, Sri Lankan elephant and wild water buffalo are threatened species in this national park. Toque Macaque, Red Slender Loris, Golden Palm Civet, Fishing Cat, Feral, Domestic Stock are among the other mammals that can be seen in Yala.