Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Becktracker
N 06° 16.781 E 081° 24.087
44N E 544405 N 694139
Quick Description: Safari Park in the southeast of Sri Lanka with an unique wildlife
Location: Sri Lanka
Date Posted: 2/11/2020 9:54:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM122WJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
Views: 1

Long Description:
From Wikipedia:

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The 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, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.

There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. Among the largest is Lunugamvehera National Park. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.

The area around Yala has hosted several ancient civilizations. Two important pilgrim sites, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara, are situated within the park. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami caused severe damage on the Yala National Park and 250 people died in its vicinity. The number of visitors has been on the rise since 2009, after the security situation in the park improved.
Park Name: Yala National Park

Historic/Cultural Park: no

Natural Park: yes

Recreation Area: yes

Wildlife Refuge: yes

Other Park Type not listed above:
Safari park

Park Website: [Web Link]

Type of Listing: Other

Other Type Detail: Yala park Museum

Fees in Local Currency: 2000.00 (listed in local currency)

Dates of Access: From: 1/1/2020 To: 12/31/2020

Hours available: From: 9:00 AM To: 6:00 PM

Hiking: no

Camping: no

Bicycling: no

Horseback Riding: no

Off-Roading: no

Swimming: no

Snorkling/Scuba: no

Boating: no

Rock Climbing: no

Fishing: no

Other Activities: Not listed

Visit Instructions:

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Becktracker visited Yala National Park, Sri Lanka 3/16/2014 Becktracker visited it