Written by Max (aged 10)
Yala has been a wildlife sanctuary since 1900 and then a National Park since 1938, but prior to this it was a hunting ground used by the Elite, while Sri Lanka was under British rule. Today the 130 000 hectares is divided into 5 blocks and two are open at any one time. The park is made up of forests, scrub, grasslands and lagoons. While Yala has the biggest concentration of leopards in the world it is also home to 44 mammals, including sloth bears, jackals, peacocks, spotted dear and 215 bird species. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels are the lowest and you have the greatest chance of seeing the wildlife.
We were picked up at 12:30 and driven to Yala National Park in a jeep. While we were driving towards Yala National Park we almost hit a star tortoise. The tortoise was pretty lucky.
When we got there we bought the tickets and then went in the park. We stopped and the driver pointed out a tusker elephant, there are only 9 tusker elephants in Yala, so we were lucky. We saw birds, buffalo, pigs and wild boar.
We stopped suddenly and the driver said we needed to be very quiet, he pointed out a leopard. It was very cool and definitely the highlight of our trip. We got to enjoy the leopard to ourselves for about 5 minutes and then we were surrounded by about 20 jeeps all trying to see the leopard.
- 6 am to 6 pm
- Park Entrance: adults – $15 USD/Child (12 and under) – $8/vehicle – $8 (VAT of 15% will be added to ticket price.
- Jeep Tour Costs for up to 6 people: $40 for half day/$75 for full day
Prices and tour costs updated in April 2019