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
Good news then; Yala National Park is now open to visitors after being closed for one month. Unexpected early rain has been a welcome sight in the animal kingdom.
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.
|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|
|Distance to nearest city||30km - 40 minutes drive|
|Best time to visit||June to September|
|Open hours||6am to 6pm|
|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|