Yala Safari

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Yala National Park is the most visited second largest National Park in Sri Lanka. The park is lies in both Southern and Uwa Province and this has a good density of Elephants and Leopards.

The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks.The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. Also the park is famous for aquatic birds and migratory birds.

Yala National Park has a variety of Ecosystem including moist monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, marshes and marine wetlands. The forest area is restricted to around the Menik River while rangelands are found towards the sea side

There are 215 birds species could be seen in Yala National Park and from them 07 are endemic to Sri Lanka. Half of the birds are migrants.

44 species of mammals could be found in Yala National Park including Elephants and it has the highest leopards densities in the world. There are Sloth Bears, Toque macque, Golden palm civet, red slender loris, fishing cat and wild water buffalos can be sighted in Yala.

47 species of reptiles have been recorded in Yala and six of them are endemic to Sri Lanka. Also two breeding crocodile species inhabit the park.

There are 18 amphibian species has been founded in Yala National park and 02 of them are endemic to Sri Lanka.

Yala National Park is the most visited national Parks in Sri Lanka and annually more than 200,000 tourists visit the park.