Yala

Originally a hunting ground for the British during colonial rule Yala National Park covers 126,786 hectares and was established in 1938.Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 200 bird species have been recorded in the park.

Yala boasts Asia’s highest density of Leopards, however these reclusive animals can still be difficult to spot, dawn or dusk 4x4 jeep safaris offer the best chance of a sighting. Yala is home to over 300 elephants and these majestic creatures are easy to view, often in family groups. Other popular species in the park include deer, water buffalo and crocodiles.

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