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Yala National Park
Things to do: sightseeing
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations. Running wild through the forests and grasslands, leopards are perhaps the biggest attraction of Yala National Park, although safaris also seek out populations of Sri Lankan elephants and endemic bird species, such as the Sri Lankan grey hornbill. Long coastal areas provide a habitat for many species of endangered sea turtle, as well as a large number of waterbirds. Use our Sri Lanka vacation route planner to arrange the details of your trip to Yala National Park and other destinations.
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Where to stay in Yala National Park
Most visitors to Yala National Park opt to stay in the town of Tissamaharama. Located just outside of the park itself, the town caters exclusively to tourists, with a wealth of accommodations to choose from, including hostels, luxury hotels and resorts, and eco-lodges. Further to the south, and closer to the park entrance, you'll get a bit more of a secluded feel from the accommodations, with private lodges and campgrounds available. Many accommodations will try and get you to take their private safari of Yala National Park, although you are perfectly entitled to shop around for the safari that suits you.
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