Yala National Park, Sri Lanka: Get On The Wild Side!

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka: Get On The Wild Side!

Yala National Park is actually a wild life sanctuary sort of like a safari and is most visited national park in Sri Lanka. We were advised to set off at 5am (even though the Park only opens at 6am, and the ride from My Village Hotel only takes 30mins) so that the jeep will one of the first few when entering the Yala National Park. I guess the “early bird catches the worm” theory holds true in Sri Lanka too :)

The Yala National Park has 2 tours (each abt 4hrs): The morning 4our, and the afternoon/evening tour

When you pay for the Yala National Park entrance tickets, it includes the fee for a guide from the park.
The fee for a foreign adult (as of May 2012) is 1945 rupees (abt S$20).
We also had to pay 60 rupees each for our own driver and the jeep driver..
The above is subjected to service charge and VAT.
(As you can see, the difference in the local and the tourist fees is huge! And from what my Sri Lankan friend shared, the government is likely to increase it further as tourism is boosting the country’s economy. So head down to Sri Lanka soon before the next price hike!)

Our main objective of the safari journey was to catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard, and the joke of the day was “Quick, send a Facebook msg to the animals to come out now” /“The animals are not responding to my tweets”/”There is poor reception here so the animals didn’t receive our texts”. It was hilarious! I will leave you to enjoy the photos and the captions :)

Setting off for Yala National Park at 5am
Setting off for Yala National Park at 5am

And we thought we were the earliest
And we thought we were the earliest

Enter at your own risk
Enter at your own risk

Entrance of Yala National Park
Entrance of Yala National Park

The first animal to greet us
The first animal to greet us

The elephant that pooped and went away
The elephant that pooped and went away

Crocodile enjoying the morning sun
Crocodile enjoying the morning sun

Crocodile enjoying a morning swim
Crocodile enjoying a morning swim

First glimpse of the sun
First glimpse of the sun

Sunrise
Sunrise

Hare trying to cross the road
Hare trying to cross the road

Beautiful Kingfisher
Beautiful Kingfisher

Can you spot the birds on the branches?
Can you spot the birds on the branches?

PhotoThe elephants are finally out after we text them! Heh!ucket
The elephants are finally out after we text them! Heh!

Close up shot of elephant
Close up shot of elephant

Deer resting in the shade
Deer resting in the shade

Can you spot the spotted deer?
Can you spot the spotted deer?

Can you spot the owl?
Can you spot the owl?

Can you spot the monkeys?
Can you spot the monkeys?

Peacock
Peacock

Wild boars
Wild boars

Buffalo
Buffalo


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Reflections 2</p>
<p><a href=Narrow Pathway in Yala National Park
Narrow Pathway in Yala National Park

Rest stop for phototaking
Rest stop for phototaking

Area hit by 2004 Boxing Day tsunami
Area hit by 2004 Boxing ay tsunami

Bye Bye Yala National Park
Bye Bye Yala National Park

Hope you’ve enjoyed our little game of “Can you spot the…” I guess we were not lucky enough to see the leopard but we did enjoy the jeep ride through the park! It was the highlight of the day! :)

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Yala National Park Sri Lanka

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