With trumpeting elephants, monkeys crashing through the trees, peacocks in their finest frocks and cunning leopards sliding like shadows through the undergrowth, Yala National Park is The Jungle Book brought to glorious life. This vast region of dry woodland and open patches of grasslands is the big draw of this corner of Sri Lanka, and though it is far from Kenya, a safari here is well worth all the time, effort and cost.
Yala National Park is the largest national park of Sri Lanka and is located at the south east edge of the island. The extent of the National Park is 97,880 hectares. Water buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, monkey, crocodile, elephant, peacock and golden jackal are some of the species which can be seen abundantly.