Leopards in Sri Lanka

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is Sri Lanka's oldest wildlife reserve, which is famous for having one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. The terrain varies from open parkland to dense jungle, and contains everything from streams to small lakes and lagoons, while along the coast there are sand dunes and beaches; in places huge rocky outcrops known as 'inselbergs' rise out of the landscape. The area supports a remarkable range of wildlife including elephant, which are easily spotted between January and May when water is scarce and they frequent the water sources. Otherwise you're likely to see a few different types of monkey, sloth bear, sambar and spotted deer, wild boar, buffalo and the marsh mugger crocodile. The park is also blessed with extremely rich birdlife - over 130 species in all - and many visitors come for that alone! There are morning and afternoon safaris, in four wheel drive vehicles (there's no walking once inside) and follow rough tracks that give the best chance of seeing game and magnificent birds.

PLACES TO STAY IN

Sri Lanka

Colombo

Goldi Sands

Kandy & Udawattakele

Hotel Suisse

Kandy

Amaya Hills

Minneriya

Chaaya Village

Nuwara Eliya & Horton Plains

Galway Forest Lodge

St Andrew's Hotel

Yala

Yala Village Hotel


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