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This is leopard country, and they are the Lords of the Jungle! With a leopard density that's higher than anywhere else on this planet, these menacing predators prowl majestically in Yala, while elephants roam in their numbers with cautious deer scampering by their side.

You can now advance book your safari to Yala including reserving your Ticket and Safari Jeep.
Yala Closure
Plans are afoot once again to close the Yala National Park during the height of the drought. In all likelihood the park will close for public from September 7, 2015 to October 8, 2015.Closing the park is always a tough decision but is taken in the best interest of the inhabitants of the jungle: a special plan will go into action during this time to counter the effects of the drought on the animals.
10 coolest places to visit 2015:
The Forbes magazine announced its top ten countries to visit in 2015 and yes, the island of Sri Lanka is on the list. Golden sandy beaches, incredible ancient cities and lots more are there but Forbes says the main draw is Sri Lanka's wildlife.
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KumbukRiver Eco-Lodge
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Stay at kumbukRiver the world-famous eco-resort in Buttala.
First comprehensive tourist map
Area 378 sq miles
Location 260km South East of Colombo
Entry points Gate1: Katagamuwa
Gate 2: Palatupana
Aver.Temp 26.4 °C (79.5 °F)
Climate Dry most of the year
Nearest city Kataragama
Distance to nearest city 30km - 40 minutes drive
Best time to visit June to September
Open hours 6am to 6pm
Coordinates 6°22'22N 81°31'01E
Made a Park in 1st March 1938
Distance from Kataragama to: Katagamuwa Entrance: 14Km
Palatupana Entrance: 41Km
Galge Entrance: 30Km
Nearest Hospital: Debarawewa Government Hospital
Head office: Open from 9am to 6pm
As the number of visitors to this world-famous park increases, so does its impact on nature. While the incredible world of wildlife must be experienced, you must take it to your heart that you cannot even leave your foot print behind. So let’s take a moment to understand what wildlife is all about and how you can confidently proclaim that you are a true lover of nature.
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