Spanning across an expanse of approximately 378sq miles, Yala, Sri Lanka’s second-largest national park, is a treasure trove of flora and fauna of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Its awe-inspiring and immense collection of nature is any wildlife enthusiast’s utopia, but its most significant and wildly popular feature is the leopard, the highest density of which is prevalent in Yala out of all other locations around the world. Categorised as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, it was subsequently designated a national park in 1938, and since then has amassed hundreds of visitors throughout the years.
You will be able to enjoy a mostly considerate climate throughout the year, although we recommend visiting between February-June when the dry season rolls around. Whilst the park can be visited at any time, it does tend to usually close down for maintenance every September. Home to a wide array of animals who traverse the land, air and water, visitors to the park will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with an incredible assortment of species, although we must stress that leopard sightings cannot be guaranteed. That said, if you visit during the right time of year, your chances are, of course, higher. From elephants to buffaloes, sloth bears, monkeys, peacocks and sambar deer, you are likely to be treated to an unforgettable experience that will not only offer an insightful glimpse into Sri Lanka’s spectacular natural diversity, but also revive your innate connection with nature itself.
As you travel through the incredibly varied forests types, grasslands, wetlands, marshes and intriguingly sandy beaches, you will also encounter flocks of birds both resident and migrant, 7 species of which are endemic. Others include painted-storks, purple herons, greater and lesser flamingos, rock pigeons, great white pelicans, cormorants and of course, majestic eagles amongst many others. Additionally, captivating reptiles 6 of which are endemic can also be found throughout the landscape, including the Sri Lankan flying snake, mugger crocodiles, saltwater crocodiles, cobras and vipers to name a few. On the other side, Yala’s beachy shores are delightfully frequented by 5 species of turtles; leatherback, olive ridley, loggerhead sea turtle, hawksbill, and green turtle, all of which are endangered.
Uga Escapes prides itself on being able to craft tailored wildlife escapades that etch themselves into your memories for years to come. Our staff and facilities are on-hand to support you in any way you may need, embracing each adventure on a highly personal level. We look forward to creating these exceptional experiences with you, and invite you on a uniquely harmonious journey with nature.