Lying on the south-east of the island, the Yala national park (the most visited on the island) has a surface area of 580 square miles. This former hunting ground, transformed into a nature park in 1938, houses amazing and varied wildlife. Elephants, panthers, wild buffaloes, black bear, jackals and monkeys are animals that populate these vast expanses of land. Archeological sites have been discovered and restored on the banks of the Katagamuwa lake.
Yala National Park is located in the south-east of the country. It is home to many wild animals, including the Sri Lankan elephant, and over 200 species of bird.© © mike smith / age fotostock
Among the many species of birds living in the park, 6 are endemic.© © mike smith / age fotostock
The flora in the park is also quite varied, and if you're lucky, you may come across a leopard during a 4x4 safari.© © Filip Fuxa / age fotostock
Seeing as how it borders the sea, Yala National Park also has a large beach.© © mike smith / age fotostock
This species of bear is tropical and is found in regions ranging from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka. They can also be found in Yala.© © mike smith / age fotostock