Yala is one of the most popular national parks in Sri Lanka. The ecosystems in here are moist monsoon forest to dry monsoon forests, Grassland forests, Fresh water, Marine wetlands, and Sandy beaches.
Historically and archeologically important places such as Kataragama, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Maha Vihara also located at this area.
The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), colloquially known as Kotiya is the main attraction in Yala. I tried my best for a closeup. My camara only good for 8X magnification (including digital zoom) is not sufficent for wild life photography. Here is the result with my poor camera.
I used extra 320X power through binoculars. The result is not bad. but the photograph is somewhat blurred. But at least this thing looks like a leopard. 😀
This one is going back home with freshly hunted monkey (Gray langur) in its mouth.
Two leopards on a rock making an arch.
This python (Python molurus) we found lying on the floor. probably after a good meal, because we found him even on next morning on the same place.
Sloth bear (Melursus ursinus inornatus) sighting in Yala national park is a rare case. Check this video. ew