About Yala

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks providing home to a host of flora and fauna. These blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country in close vicinity to the historical cities of Katharagama and Tissamaharama, and lies within Southern Province and Uva Province.

The park covers 979 square kilometres and is located approximately 300 kilometres from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900. And along with Wilpattu, Yala was one out of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its diverse wildlife. Currently Yala is the prime breeding ground for the Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya).

Camping Inside Yala

Get close to the wilderness as you set camp inside the Yala National Wildlife Park! Enjoy a night you’ll never forget amidst the creaks and snarls of the residents of the wild.

Bird Watching

Catch a host of endemic birds in action as they settle along the bird watching corridor that boarders Wila Safari Hotel.


Venture into the wild with experienced guides of Flamingos safari and capture unforgettable memories of the exquisite wildlife.