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Yala National Park

Speak to any Sri Lankan about safari and one of their first questions will be: ‘Have you visited Yala?’ It is by far the most famous national park, as well as being the largest. Sri Lankans are proud of their national parks and this one rightly sits at the top of the list.

Yala accommodation options are attractive and the park is flanked by the ocean on its eastern side, giving it the most spectacular backdrop. The interior of the park is savannah-like – dry and arid for most of the year.

This is nature as if from the pages of The Jungle Book, with monkeys partying in the trees and resplendent peacocks stalking around. Believe us, you’ll feel like a Jungle VIP…

Spot the big cat!

Amazingly, Yala is home the world’s largest concentration of leopards. We have been lucky enough to have visited many times and on each occasion we have seen these beautiful big cats in their natural habitats.

We’ve also seen a sloth bear, elephants, wild dogs, crocodiles, water buffalo, snakes and more beautiful birds than you can point a camera at.

Most Yala National Park safaris will involve a minimum of two game drives – one in the early morning and one after lunch. You’ll be armed with binoculars, a dedicated naturalist (or guide) and a driver who knows every hidden hillock in the park. On top of this, your jeep will  be laden with drinks and snacks to keep you going during a mid-way pit stop.

And unlike other national parks, Yala National Park accommodation around the boundary can be superb. Forget the bare necessities, being cosseted in comfort and style is as much a part of the Yala experience as the wildlife itself.

Out and About

Yala is a massive national park, perfect for nature lovers. No more. No less. Your only entertainment is observing the unruly residents. And what could be more absorbing? So just let your senses soak it all up, and then back in the comfort of your accommodation, relax and enjoy fine Sri Lankan hospitality.

Eating and Drinking

Best not to wander too far for dinner… unless you want to be on the menu. All of our selected hotels have magnificent outdoor dining options so savour the moment and, if you are lucky enough to have a cloudless night, the stars are probably more astonishingly numerous than you’ve ever seen before.

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Hills and Thrills

Hills and Thrills

11 Days | From £3,700pp (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: Tea Country, Galle and the southern beaches, Yala National Park, Colombo

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

23 Days | From £4,700pp (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: Tea Country, Galle and the southern beaches, Cultural Triangle, Yala National Park, Uda Walawe National Park

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Sensational Ceylon

Sensational Ceylon

14 Days | From £4,200pp (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: Tea Country, Galle and the southern beaches, Cultural Triangle, Tangalle, Yala National Park

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Emerald Isles & Azure Idylls

Emerald Isles & Azure Idylls

14 Days | From £3,950 pp Including flights (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: The Maldives, Tea Country, Cultural Triangle, Yala National Park, Colombo

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Sri Lanka Wildlife Wonders

Sri Lanka Wildlife Wonders

21 Days | From £3,800pp (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: Gal Oya National Park, Galle and the southern beaches, Wilpattu National Park, Tangalle, Yala National Park

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Winter Sun Family Holiday to Sri Lanka

Winter Sun Family Holiday to Sri Lanka

14 Days | From £3,400pp (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: Tea Country, Galle and the southern beaches, Cultural Triangle, Yala National Park

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Our Recommended Accommodation In Yala National Park

Chena Huts

Everything about this Yala accommodation choice is superb. Each of the 14 ‘huts’ is a luxurious, private pavilion with deck and plunge pool surrounded by nature. Excellent food and the sunken bar a delight with crashing wav... View this hotel

Kulu Safari Camp

Kulu offer the untamed SL jungle in the safest, most comfortable, and environmentally responsible way. Each tent has ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. All look over a watering hole rich with wildlife. Divine torchl... View this hotel

Cinnamon Wild

Yala classic combining rustic charm and modern refinements. The hotel fronts the beach, with a giant lake in its grounds. 68 chalets with air conditioning, a minibar and superb showers to wash away the dust from your exhilarati... View this hotel

Jetwing Yala

A sumptuous combination of superb rooms, perfect service and views to die for in a coastal wilderness retreat. 80 spacious rooms with hardwood floors and glorious rain showers Sublime food and torchlit dinner among the dunes ca... View this hotel

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