Ecotourism - Sri Lanka
Yala National Park
The Ruhunu (Yala) National Park is one of the largest national parks in the Sri Lanka with 103,882.9 hectares (which is of 5 blocks) and only Block I and II are open for visitors. The park was initially established in 1938. The Park is situated in the southeast region of the island in the dry zone boarding the Indian Ocean. The total area of the park is belongs to two provinces namely South and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka. This National Park has several habitat types such as forests, scrub lands, grass lands, lagoons, beaches and other wetlands.
This is the most visited national park ofSri Lanka and its main attractions are Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears, and Crocodiles, migratory and resident birds. Most appealing is the overall 'feel' of undisturbed jungle. Big rock formations, Tanks, Beaches and the Lagoons amplify the scenic beauty.
Yala National Park is also famous for its abundant bird life. Over140 species have recorded so far within the park. Changeable Hawk Eagle, Crested serpent Eagle, Malabar pied Hornbill, Jungle fowl, painted Stork, White Ibis and Black necked Stork are commonly seen.
Via Tangalla and Hambantota
Via Udawalawe from Ratnapura, Haputale
Via Bandarawela, Tanamalwila from Nuwaraeliya.
Accomodation in Yala National Park Sri Lanka
• Sri Lankan Expeditions Safari Camp in Yala National Park
• Governor's Camp Yala
• Elephant Reach Hotel Yala
• Panthera Lodge Yala
• Yala VillageYala National Park