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
All gates of Yala National park were re-opened to public since yesterday. The park was closed, as it does annually, from September 1 to October 23, except for Galge and Yala West Gates which were kept open for tourists.
Meanwhile, at the Gates of Palatupana and Katagamuwa entry will be allowed only for 200 safari jeeps per day in batches, in order to provide an ideal setting both, for visitors, as well as, animals. Entry of vehicles, other than safari jeeps, is allowed at all four gates unhindered.
Visitors expecting to book safari jeeps are advised to check with safari operators as their services may be curtailed at present in the aftermath of the new restrictions. It is the hope of everyone that a situation good for all, including animals, the habitat, visitors and safari operators will prevail in preserving the treasure that the Yala National Park is.
From today September 1 to as it is now decided, end October, parts of Yala National Park will be closed for visitors. Namely Palatupana & Katagamuwa, the mostly visited entrances leading into Block 1 & 2 will be closed. This is largely due to the drought experienced in these areas with water available for animals greatly reduced.
The Galge and Yala West gates in between Buttala and Kataragama will remain open covering Block 3 & 5.
Parts of the Yala National Park are slated for its annual break from the visitors of the human kind. The Park is expected to close on September 1 till approximately October 15. The opening day will be announced based on ground conditions. As you may know, it will be the height of the drought season. Block 1 & 2 (the more popular entrances) will remain closed while Galge & Yala West Entrances will remain open for visitors.
The time the park closes to the public happens to be the breeding season for leopards; so it helps not just these majestic animals but allows greater time and space for park officials to focus on the animals.
|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|