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Yala Holidays

Sri Lanka's infamous national park

Located in the southeast of Sri Lanka, Yala became a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was given the title of national park in 1938. This incredible reserve consists of forests, lagoons, scrub and grasslands and is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species.

With its wide open landscapes and watering holes teeming with wildlife, nature lovers will adore exploring this amazing animal kingdom. A safari here will reveal herds of elephants, reptiles, birds, sloth bears, plus its most famous inhabitants, the leopard, lord of the jungle. You can also see sambar and spotted deer, jackals, peacocks and crocodiles. Get your camera ready for a spellbinding animal encounter.

The park borders the beautiful Indian Ocean and is split into five separate blocks that each have individual names, such as Ruhuna National Park and Kumana National Park.  The best time to visit Yala is between February and July; at this time of year the animals come out into the open when the water levels of the park are low, giving you precious opportunity to study some of the world’s most fascinating creatures in their natural habitats.

Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +5:30 hours
  • Currency LKR - Sri Lankan rupee
  • Visa Information Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa prior to travel.
  • Language Tamil, Sinhalese and English
  • Flight Time Indirect flights are available from Ireland.
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to Sri Lanka.

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Specialist

In order to get the best experience during your stay, I recommend staying at Chena Huts. These individual villas blend seemlessly with their surroundings and have a huge rustic jungle charm appeal. They are guarenteed to make your stay extra special.