Yala - National Park
Sri Lanka's oldest national park the Yala National Park is located in the south-east corner of Sri Lanka and has an area of about 127,000 ha. The major activities are bird and game watching, especially elephants which are best seen from October to December. It is 305 km from Colombo and access to the Park is via Ratnapura, Tissamaharama. Yala is by far the most popular national park in Sri Lanka and renowned for the variety of the wildlife, largely characteristic of dry zone tropical thorn forest and fine coastline and associated coral reefs.
Large number of important cultural ruins bear testimony to earlier civilization and indicate that much of the area was populated and well developed, with an irrigation system supplying water to the surround paddy fields, including those of Yala.
The vegetation at the Yala National Park comprises secondary forest, possibly a few hundred years old. It is predominantly semi-arid thorn scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense forest.
In respect of Fauna a total of 32 species of mammals has been recorded. The lagoon fauna includes various species of prawns, crabs and fish.
Things you can do
- Kataragama ( Sri Lankan Hindus believe that their tender Lord Murugan left India long ago to come and settle in Kathir-kamam (the place of light and love-passion) where his vilaiyaatal (divine play) continue even to this day. According to Islamic esoteric tradition. Kataragama or Khadiragama is the very place that prophet Moses journeyed to in quest of higher teachings from the undying Servant of Allah, al Khadir, the legendary 'Green Man'. And, as Buddhists know, the Tathagatas themselves have come to Kataragama with the object of delivering discourses on Dhamma )
- Yala ( Ruhunu National Park ) is one of the best, preserved and protected Wildlife Sanctuaries in Sri Lanka is a 30 minutes drive from the Hotel.
Visitors have the rare opportunity to see Mother Nature's great creation of reality. Elephants, Sloth, Bears, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Sambhur, Deer, Hare, Crocodiles, Snakes, Iguana and birds in thousands could be watched from one's vehicle.
- Bundala is famous for birds and its wild animals scattered all over the park in their natural habitat. Roughly 30 minutes drive from the hotel takes you to the wonderful and beautiful place and it will be a lifetime experience.
Traveling through dense tropical jungle of Bundala, will certainly give the visitor a taste of real bird's life.
- Udawalawe is a recently established national park declared with the intention of conserving the catchment area of the reservoir that has been extensively burnt for slash and burn farming (shifting cultivation) and as such very little forest cover is left. The park is home to more than 250 elephants, as well as deer, leopards numerous species of birds.
At the centre of the park is the "Uda Walawe Reservoir" created by a 5 kilometer long dam on the Walawe River.
- Kumana located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka , the 18,149 hectare KUMANA (YALA EAST) NATIONAL PARK is a well-known eco tourism attraction and bird sanctuary where a multitude of birds breed and roost. One of the most significant features of the park is the 'Kumana Villu' - a 200 hectare natural swamp lake, fed by the 'Kumbukkan Oya' through a half mile long narrow channel. It is at this mangrove swamp that many water birds nest in May and June. Regular sightings include such species of bird as pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets and little cormorants.
- Tissamaharama which are considerably large in size although not as big as the great Stupas of Anuradhapura. Tissamaharama is one of the 16 sacred places to Buddhists since it is believed to
Have been visited by Lord Buddha.
- Kirinda ancient temple is believed to be the place where Queen Vihara Maha Devi, wife of King Kawantissa and mother of King Dutugemunu and King Saddhatissa landed in Ruhuna.
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