Yala National Park

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Spanning 100,000 hectares of dry thorny scrubland interspersed with small patches of shady glades, Yala’s arid boulder-scattered parklands are dramatically different from the lush jungles and paddy fields that cover so much of the island. Famed for having the highest leopard density in the world, Yala is also home to much of Sri Lanka’s wildlife, including the country’s ‘big game’ like elephants and sloth bear, as well as spotted deer, crocodiles and wild boar to name but a few. Birds, especially breath-taking peacocks, are also abundant in the park.

Fun Facts

  • Yala National Park is split into five separate blocks, some of which are special reserves that are not open to the public.

Experiences & Things to Do at Yala National Park

Jeep safaris in Yala National Park - Yala National Park -  Sri Lanka In Style
Jeep safaris in Yala National Park

Start off at either 6am or 3pm with your tracker and driver. The game drive will take 2.5 – 3 hours.

Leopard Trails experience: junior ranger course (for kids) - Yala National Park -  Sri Lanka In Style
Leopard Trails experience: junior ranger course (for kids)

Kids will have the opportunity to learn about birdwatching techniques and how to spot wildlife like deer, wild boar, elephant and leopard.

Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris experience: art in the jungle (for kids) - Yala National Park -  Sri Lanka In Style
Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris experience: art in the jungle (for kids)

Your German host is passionate about painting and nature and has combined them together to create ‘art in the jungle’.

Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris experience: private safaris with Sri Lanka’s ‘leopard man’ - Yala National Park -  Sri Lanka In Style
Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris experience: private safaris with Sri Lanka’s ‘leopard man’

Head off at 5am or 3pm into the park with the ‘leopard man’ who has over 35 years of experience tracking animals in the wild.


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