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Yala National Park

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With its open landscapes, watering holes, and untouched habitats, this is Sri Lanka’s best wildlife viewing location. Go on safari to spot herds of elephants, reptiles, birds, sloth bears, and the world’s densest population of leopards. Located in the south east of Sri Lanka’s south-east, Yala became a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was given the title of national park in 1938. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. The most famous inhabitants are the leopards, with a higher density in Yala than anywhere else in the world. You can also see elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July as animals come out into the open when the water levels of the park are quite low.