Yala National Park
Yala National Park is one of the largest National parks in the island of Sri Lanka. It is also known as the most visited park that is very popular among tourists and the locals. The Yala National park consists of five different blocks. The park is very famous for its variety of wild animal density compared to other parks in the region. This preserved land is very important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, aquatic birds, and Sri Lankan leopards.
Yala national park hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. Yala National Park provides a home to 215 bird species including 6 endemic species of Sri Lanka. Yala National Park has the highest leopard densities in the world making it hard to miss them during a trip.
For those who visit from northern countries that lack experience in such a jungle environment and habitats that support wildlife, it is a must to visit Yala. The Park itself is gorgeous to look at and definitely draining your camera battery and the memory card if you forget to backups with you.
There are plenty of pilgrim sites to visit as well. Two important pilgrimage sites, Sithupahuwa, and Magul Vihara reside within the park.
It is believed that King Ravana, the mythical Hindu anti-hero managed to establish a kingdom here where it is submerged under the sea currently.