Located on the southeastern tip of the country, it is bordered by the sea on two sides of it and surrounded by local villages on the other.The area was declared a national park in 1939 and it occupies almost 1,000 square kilometers divided into five blocks each with its own vegetation and characteristics although only two are open to the public, block 1 and 5.
Block 1 is the most popular and crowded and it is where most day trippers head to, whereas block 5 is one hour away from the main area where the majority of the hotels and day jeeps for hire are.
The park’s vegetation has forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons and everything in between. Although its 44 mammal species and 215 birds are all protected today, the park was originally the hunting grounds for the British elite during colonial times.
Perhaps what has made Yala so famous is its high concentration of leopards, the highest in the world, thanks to the fact that they have no natural predators and, as a result, they are more easily seen parading their beautiful coats around the park, day and night, without the fear of being attacked. Lacking natural predators other than humans, the leopards of Sri Lanka have evolved to be bigger and less nocturnal than those in Africa, making them easily spotted drinking during the day or hanging around on tree branches.
The park’s website says there are 40 leopards in the park but the rangers will talk about 60-70 of them.
Tuk-tuk through the streets or take tea in a colonial house, visit the Cinnamon Gardens and the bazaars of Pettah, fly a kite at Galle Face Green and catch a Sri Lankan cricket match, or shop for jewels in downtown Colombo.
South coast Sri Lanka boasts the country’s dreamiest beaches – look forward to palm fringed hideaways and sparkly sands.
The island of Sri Lanka is a cheap, colourful and unsophisticated destination.
The central highlands features ancient Buddhist temples, stunning scenery, and tea plantations with women in colourful saris picking tea.
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