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Things You Should Know Before Travelling To Yala – Most Popular National Park

Yala is Sri Lanka's second largest wildlife reserve and the most popular in Sri Lanka. Varied eco-systems, one of the largest leopard populations in Asian, wild boulder strewn beaches, elephants, reptiles and birds, make the place a nature lovers paradise. Here are some facts on Yala.


You Can Book A Safari Drive Into Yala

The only way to tour the park is on a jeep safari. You can book a tour via Walkers Tours or any other tour operator in Sri Lanka. Most tourists planning Sri Lanka beach holidays make sure to add a tour of the park, located in the deep south. The south coast is the most popular stretch of beach on the island. A jeep safari can be done early morning or in the afternoon. Choose one offering an experienced guide who knows the park and territories animals frequent. A skilled guide will be able to track a leopard out hunting or even discover one enjoying a siesta on a tree. Experienced guides are available with reputed Sri Lanka tour companies.


Book A Tented Holiday In Yala

With the right tour company in Sri Lanka, you can book a very rewarding tented holiday in Yala. These campsites set up under the shade of tall trees will place you within the wilds of Yala to observe animals in their natural habitat. Safe and luxurious, the campsites offer all the conveniences of a modern holiday.


Plan A Fishing Expedition

Yala has diverse environs. There are wild beaches where elephants converge, boulders surrounding glistening lagoons, wide open spaces, scrub jungles and lakes. The lakes are home to fresh water fish where local fishermen set out to bring in a catch. You can join one of these tours. The experience is quite unique as you set out in a little wooden canoe and learn the art of throwing in the fishing net.


Explore The Rustic Villages

The charming little villages of Yala will teach you about the simple lifestyles lived there. Take a walking tour through the scrub jungle to visit a village of opting for a cycle tour. Visit the reserves to meet the friendly villagers. Observe the simple but cooling interiors of the mud huts many live in. And if you are lucky to try some home cooked traditional meals.


Go Bird Watching

There are over 200 species of birds to be spotted in Yala. Migratory and indigenous. The place is a birders paradise and will not disappoint. From colourful flocks of the flamingo to water birds looking for food in the wetlands the park is quite a treat. Take along your binoculars and note book to see how many of the feathered beauties you can identify.
The trick to enjoying the best of Yala is to book you adventure with a Sri Lanka tour agency noted for its value added packages that let you experience the best of the island.

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