Yala

Yala’s scrub plains, lagoons and rocky mounds make it one of the best places to see a wide variety of Sri Lankan wildlife. The park boasts the world's densest leopard population. Be grateful if you do see one, though, as they are shy animals. Other frequently sighted animals include Elephants, Sloth bears, Sambar,Deer, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Crocodiles, Monkeys and Buffalos.

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names also, like Ruhuna National Park for the (best known) block 1 and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in the southern province and uva province The Park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo Yala was designated as a wild life sanctuary in 1900, and, along with wilpattu. It was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.

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