2018-04-17 89 People
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka.
Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The area around Yala has hosted several ancient civilizations. Two important pilgrim sites, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara, are situated within the park.
It’s an experience of epic proportions that brings you up-close and personal with untamed world of wildlife. Whether you are an avid nature lover or visiting a wildlife park for the first time, if you come here with a mind that’s eager to explore and learn, you will go away with new-found meaning to life.
Yala is all about convergence of magnificence and endurance, painting a picture of eternal beauty and mystery. It’s a vast deciduous forest where the land gives up its green top, exposing vast expanses of open terrain dotted with grasslands and shrubs, tanks and lagoons, water holes and sand dunes. Despite its lack of a thick forest cover, animals are still experts at taking cover from prying eyes.
Obviously, your trip to Yala revolves around the safari ride that takes you on an experience of a lifetime. Remember, this is no circus and animals are not on duty waiting for you. It’s that feeling of uncertainty and adventure that makes it a wildlife experience. To catch the inhabitants of the jungle you need to be there at the best time and thread patiently.
The best times for the safari are during the dry season as the animals come out in search of water and food. Early morning just before the sunrise and once again at night time when the leopards come out to pray and hunt is the perfect time most trackers believe. Be there as the sun sets and rises in order to catch a glimpse of the island’s most magnificent creatures.
The following is a review that we did on a small tourist resort harboured for all safari lovers that visit the park:
Located close to the Yala National Park, The Yala Adventure is surrounded by untouched nature that is well suited for families. The emphasis is on nature, bird life, local produce, and supporting the local village people. Guests can choose to stay in Western rooms or in spacious tents.The food is excellent with an abundant of exquisite local and all American foods served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff is wonderful and the accommodation is very good. It is in a very tranquil setting beside Lake Yoda with free Wi-Fi included.
All 7 rooms offer free WiFi, sitting areas, and room service. Guests will also find rainfall showerheads, free newspapers, and free bottled water.
The villa is home to a variety of games and activities that all tourists both local foreign can enjoy.
Abseiling, archery, canoeing, cycling, hiking, fishing, water sport facilities are few of the many games that everyone who visits can enjoy. Important pilgrim sites like sithulpahuwa, kataragama temple and many more are located near the resort.