Yala National Park by the Indian Ocean, loaded with lush green forests, wetlands, grassland, and sandy beaches, makes it perfect for wildlife habitat. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular in Sri Lanka. A river flows through this park, and several beautiful riverside spots to step out of your safari vehicle, enjoy nature, stretch out, or have breakfast. The Road Trip from Udawalawe National Park to Rock Wild Yala hotel was scenic.

Hotel Experience

My room at Rock Wild Yala was just a few yards away from the Indian ocean and a beautiful beach right there; overnight, the sound of the waves breaking against the shore directly below the room was magical and worked very well towards a sound sleep. It was well worth every penny spent on this relatively expensive hotel. Our stay was great, perfect for relaxing should have planned a few extra days here. However, after a long day of driving and spending quality time at the beach, I was sleepy; moreover, we needed to get up at 5 am and get ready by 5:30 am. Our tour guide will pick us up early because the entrance to the park gets crowded as most tourists try to enter the park at the same time.

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Another kind of Bee-eater called Chestnut-headed Bee-eater.
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I saw different kinds of Bee-eater, this one must be Little-Green Bee-eater!

Our Safari Starts Before Sunrise

The tour guide was right on time with a 4WD safari jeep at 5:30 am (Picture above) along with the driver dressed in a lungi (Lungi, also known as a sarong, is a traditional garment worn around the waist in many south Asian countries including Sri Lanka). So I was ready with my backpack, camera, gear, power bars, and water.

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
As if he is inviting me and experience the most relaxing place on earth with him!

As We Entered The Park

It was still dark outside. So I climbed into the back of the 4WD with my as-usual companion daypack, camera, and gears, along with a few goodies in case I got hungry or thirsty. The hotel was only a few minute’s drives from the Park entrance but still way behind many others who were already waiting. Can you believe at 5:45, at least 15 – 20 Jeep loads of enthusiastic tourists have lined up already for the permit? The counter will open at 6:00, so let’s just wait and enjoy the beautiful Sunrise on the eastern horizon (banner image).

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
All of them are very alert, any think can happen at any moment!

Inside the Park

Having collected our permits, we hopped back in the truck and went into the heart of the Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, where they have the highest concentration of Leopards worldwide. Still, even after trying our best, we were unlucky to spot one.

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
That is why we needed to hire one of those high raise 4WD drive

Saw a fox get chased by a Leopard and found his refugee around the humans. For him, it was the safest place for the cunning fox. We had no difficulties spotting hard deer who were also running away from the threat of a few Leopards.

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
They have two bedroom inside the nest – one for the couple one for the kids!
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This one is called Red-wattled Lapwing .

I have also seen many water Buffalos, elephants, lizards, and birds. There were plenty of colorful high flyers in Yala. White butterflies are also something to enjoy. We had traveled miles through the winding, bumpy unpaved roads and passed by lakes, rocks, and rivers. The roads inside the park were muddy and often submerged in water but our 4WD Safari truck made it through.

I have started learning the name from my tour guide – this one is called Painted Stork.

Then, finally, we ended up at a beautiful deserted beach, where we could get off the truck. I was excited and happy to walk around, relax, take pictures, and enjoy the beautiful view of the Indian ocean.

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Beautiful Indian Ocean Beach in Yala National Park.

The experience of a safari in Yala National Park was a memory I’ll treasure forever, the best experience ever. If you happen to be in the area, don’t hesitate to plan a trip and do some exploring for yourself. Our stay at Rock Wild Yala was perfect here is more details.

Where to stay in Yala, Sri Lanka

Rock Wild Yala, Yala

Located in Yala, a 7-minute walk from Nidangala Beach, Rock Wild Yala provides accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden, and a shared lounge. Guest rooms at the hotel come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a safety deposit box. In addition, each room is equipped with bed linen and towels at Rock Wild Yala. Kirinda Beach is a 7-minute walk from the hotel, while Tissa Wewa is 9 miles away. The nearest airport is Mattala Rajapaksa International, 25 miles from Rock Wild Yala, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Cinnamon Wild Yala – Yala, Sri Lanka

Only a 5-minute drive from the famous Yala National Park is Cinnamon Wild Yala. It features chalets with private balconies and an outdoor pool, and a restaurant. Nestled in the south of Sri Lanka, the property is a 6-hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport. It is located in Kirinda, a village well-known for its wildlife. Chalets offer spectacular views of the beach or jungle. All chalets come with private bathroom facilities. Cinnamon Wild Yala’s restaurant enjoys a prime location, providing beautiful landscapes and serving Asian and Western dishes. Meals can also be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ rooms.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Yala, Sri Lanka? Any cool tips to share?

loved being in Yala, Sri Lanka, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Sri Lanka.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Radhika

    Relevant information …. there are plenty of things written in this blog that are important to remember. With basic information, this blog has also put effort into mentioning small details.

    Thanks for the details.

    1. Hasan Mahmud

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and appreciate your nice motivating comments. Best wishes!

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