YALA NATIONAL PARK
Distance from Kele: 9.1km Travel Time: 20 min
Yala National Park is the second largest and most visited National Park in Sri Lanka. It borders the Indian Ocean and consists of 5 Blocks of which Blocks 1,2 & 5 are open to the public. Situated in South East Sri Lanka, it spans the Southern and Uva Provinces. The park covers 979 square kilometres and is located about 300km from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and a National Park in 1938. It is best known for having the highest population density of Leopards in the world and is pivotal to the conservation of the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard & Aquatic Birds. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammals & 215 species of birds. Amongst its most famous residents are Sloth Bears, Sambar Deer, Leopards, Elephants, Golden Jackals, Spotted Deer, Peacocks & Crocodiles.