Yala National Park - Things to Know Before Visiting
Katagamuwa, Yala, Sri Lanka
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About Yala National Park
The park is the most visited and second-largest national park in the country. It is a vast forest, grassland, and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean in southeast Sri Lanka. It is home for leopards, elephants, and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species.
Attractions Near Yala National Park
A famous wintering ground for migratory waterbirds in Sri Lanka. Bundala shelter 197 kinds of birds, highlighting the greater flamingo, which migrates in large flocks. The Park designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and got a redesign to a national park in January 1993 and become a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2005.
Located in the south of Sri Lanka, it was designated in 1995 to be a national park to protect the catchment Lunugamvehera reservoir and its wildlife. This national park is an essential place for water birds and elephants.
Kumana National Park is famous for its avifauna, especially its large flocks of seasonal waterfowl and wading birds. The park lies 391 km southeast from Colombo on the southeastern coast and was closed from 1985 to March 2003 because of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam attacks. It was also affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
It is an old Buddhist temple in the Uva Province that consists of seven statues that are dated back to the 10th century. The huge Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe. The name means the rock of Buddhist Sculptures.
Udawalawe National Park is located on the border of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, south Sri Lanka. The national park was established to be a sanctuary for wild animals. It has the Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage- to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for release back into the wild.
The Lipton’s Seat is one of Sri Lanka's most impressive viewpoints. Dambatenna Tea factory is close to the famous Lipton Seat viewpoint, that built in 1890 by the Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton.
Where is Yala National Park
Discover More Attractions in Southern Province, Where Yala National Park Is Located
The seventh-largest provinces out of nine in Sri Lanka. Its geographic area has the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Farming and fishing are the primary sources of income for the majority of the locals in this region. It is divided into 3 districts and 47 divisional secretariats with the third largest population of the country, most of them living in Galle district.