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Most Popular Sites in Yala – Discover the Splendour of Nature in the Wild

Yala is Sri Lanka's largest national park; also home to one of the largest convergences of leopard in Asia. The bio-diverse environs are so stunning and varied that it is as exotic as the wildlife.

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Sithulpauwwa

Sithulpauwwa

The name Sithulpauwwa translates to 'hill of the quiet mind'; it certainly is a serene enclave home to an ancient rock temple. The place is a revered pilgrimage site which in days of yore housed over 12,000 monks. A must visit site for traditional culture and religious significance.

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Magul Maha Viharaya

Magul Maha Viharaya

This famous site is found towards the south of Sithulpauwwa. It is a cherished site which is believed to be the location that King Kavan Tissa married the revered Vihara Maha Devi princess. If touring either one of these sites it is well worth pairing up the two for a thorough dose of Sri Lanka's ancient historical facts and traditional culture.

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Endless Beaches

Endless Beaches

Much of Yala's coastal plains are restricted to people in order to protect the delicate balance of nature and wildlife. There are of course designated spots around which one can enjoy an invigorating walk; relish the crisp cool sea breezes and absorb the rustic environs. Staying at Yala hotels will let you absorb the stunning vibes of Yala even further. Many of these like Cinnamon Wild Yala sit within the heart of the wilderness offering you a chance to interact with the wilds at any time. These resorts are fabulous for enjoying the boondocks of Yala and offer accommodation in tantalizing options such as beach chalets or jungle chalets.

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Safari into the Wilds

Safari into the Wilds

Of course, the most popular site in Yala is the jungle; jeep safaris are readily available from the tour desk of your Yala resort or tour guides at the park. Remember to conform to the rules of a jungle safari and not risk the lives of other passengers or yourself. Respect the beautiful environs and wildlife and you will be rewarded with magnificent sights of elephants, leopards, sloth bears peacocks, amphibians, reptiles and loads more. The stark surroundings inundated with boulder formations, glistening lagoons, savannah-like wilds and marshes are home to many forms of exotic life forms while providing a soothing backdrop for nature lovers.

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Bird Watching Sites in Yala

Bird Watching Sites in Yala

There are over 90 species of water birds that grace the wetlands of Yala; many of these are migratory and quite a treat to observe. Look out for water ducks, garganey, lesser whistling duck and many more. Apart from these the forest birds provide loads of colour and interesting behaviour to observe. The variety of birds if stupendous and quite a treat to avid bird watchers; so take along the cameras and binoculars folks for this is one experience well worth capturing.

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