It is one of the island's best known and biggest wildlife reserves, encompassing an area of 1300 square km (500 square miles). It is divided into Yala West (Ruhunu National Park) and Yala East.
Ruhunu National Park has a diversity of jungle habitats ranging from scrub jungle, tanks, brackish lagoons and riverside habitats. It is considered the best park for viewing animals and birds. Animals include the elephant, leopard, sloth bear, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, sambhur, grey langur, toque monkey, stripe-necked mongoose, ruddy mongoose, wild pig, jackal, water monitor, marsh crocodile and estuarine crocodile.
130 species of birds have been recorded. Bird life includes Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, Brown-capped Babbler, Stone Curlew, Greater Thick-knee, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Sirkeer Malkoha, Blue-faced Malkoha, Green Bee-eater, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Blue-faced Malkoha, Green Bee-eater, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Brahminya Myna and Rose-coloured Starling. Yala East contains the Kumana Mangrove Swamp with a large variety of water birds.
Onroute visit Galle Fort & see the Turtle Hatchery. it is common sense, that in certain instances vari ous criteria employed in the name of conservation become the very measures that exacerbate the pre vailing circumstances. Turtle hatcheries are no exception.Globally all seven spe cies of marine turtles ex isting are endangered. Two are critically endan gered. Out of these seven species, five species visit the shores of Sri Lanka . Given this situation, it is needless to mention, that conserving marine turtles is of principal concern.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT YALLA HOTEL