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05 Things You Should Know Before Travelling To Yala – Most Popular Wildlife Reserve

For a tiny island, Sri Lanka packs quite a punch. Varied eco-systems and lands inhabited by the most exotic creatures, makes the island a unique slice of paradise. Yala is the most popular of all national parks in Sri Lanka and not to be missed. Here 5 things you must know before visiting Yala.


Yala Boast A High Density Of Leopards

The leopard population of Yala is one of the largest in Asia. Set of on an unforgettable adventure into the wilds of Yala National Park, on a guided safari, and you just may spot more than a few of the stealthy cats. Enjoy the best wildlife safari Sri Lanka has to offer when you book a tour with one of the islands best wildlife travel agencies. Like Nature Odyssey many offer varied adventures; explore and choose the best.


You Can Book A Yala Camping Holiday

Yala is home to three of Sri Lankas most popular wildlife; the leopard, Asian elephant and sloth bear. Enjoy the ultimate wildlife experience when you book a camping holiday in the wilds of Yala. The park is home to rustic open plains and savannah like a scrub jungle. The camp sites located under the shade of trees are ideal to spend time amongst the exotic animals. Enjoy magical nights under the vast sky of a thousand stars and watch out for animals in their natural habitat. A camping holiday will be one of the memorable you experience, where you not only spend time amongst the wildlife but enjoy a barbeque and some of the most enchanting sunsets on the island.


Fish With The Locals In Yala

Yala has a very diverse eco-system where you go from scrub jungles to wild boulder strewn beaches to glistening lagoons and rocky outcrops. Fishing in one of the many tanks of Yala is an experience you don't want to miss. Hop aboard a traditional wooden canoe and set off with one of the friendly local fishermen to test your luck. It's a great interaction, and perfect to observe the simple lifestyles of the villagers.


Bird Watch To Your Hearts Content

Yala, apart for its impressive collection of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, is a birders paradise. The park is home to over 200 species of birds, both migratory and indigenous. Take along the binoculars and set off on a wild-life safari and see how many feathered beauties you identify.


Cycle Or Trek Across The Rustic Villages

The most fascinating aspect of visiting a country like Sri Lanka is the culture. Quite foreign and fascinating to many tourists, the rustic villages of Yala are a treat to explore. Do it in style by following your guide across the rugged terrain, either on foot or bicycle. Head into the simple but charming villages. Observe the unhurried lifestyles, the modest houses and hospitality of the smiling locals, which is an extension of Sri Lanka's gracious warmth towards visitors.