Yala National Park

Yala is the most visited National Park in Sri Lanka – I suspect this is almost entirely due to the fact its got the highest density of leopards of any park in the world. Its a coastal dry zone park of forests, wetlands, plains and scrub.

Although we didn’t see a leopard, we saw lots of beautiful scenery, and the 3 hour trip there and back in our tiny rented suzuki – although not without  some interesting moments – was great.

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The view from the lighthouse of the most southerly point of Sri Lanka
The view from the lighthouse of the most southerly point of Sri Lanka
Talalla Beach
Talalla Beach
Fishing SL style at Kirinda where we stayed the night
Fishing SL style at Kirinda where we stayed the night
Sunset over Kirinda beach
Sunset over Kirinda beach
On the boulders at Kirinda
On the boulders at Kirinda

 

Waterhole at Yala
Waterhole at Yala
Wild boars
Wild boars
Hawk
Hawk
the Jungle fowl - National bird of SL
the Jungle fowl – National bird of SL
Croc
Croc

wetland

You can't see me
You can’t see me
I'm getting grumpy now
I’m getting grumpy now
Get away now - our jeep was driving away at this point
Get away now! – our jeep was driving away at this point
Ah hah -thats what he was protecting
Ah hah -thats what she was protecting

 

flowers

Spotted deer
Spotted deer
Hovering over lotus lilies
Hovering over lotus lilies
Monitor lizard hanging out
Monitor lizard hanging out
Hanuman langurs
Hanuman langurs
the Southern Yalanese white breasted turd-burglar
the Southern Yalanese white breasted turd-burglar
Elephants on the wetland
Elephants on the wetland
Having a wash
Having a wash

 

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6 thoughts on “Yala National Park

  1. Gorgeous. Is it weird to say that it kind of reminds me of Yellow Water in NT (except clearly with some different fauna!)?
    Looks like an amazing place. X

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