Yala National Park - Sri Lanka

The Yala National Park covers 979 square km, although only the original 141 square km are open to the public.
It was established in 1984. Being located in one of the arid regions of Sri Lanka,

Climate
The climate of the National Park is usually hot dry.

Rain fall
The area receives its annual rainfall during the north east monsoon from November to January, and unpredictable inter-monsoonal rains in March, April and September.

February is a dry month with the dry season proper commencing in june and lasting until September and some times until mid October.

Temperature
Annual temperature is 270C although in the dry season a daily maximum of 370C.

The Yala NP contains jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes, rivers and scrub land. The scrub land has an enormous amount of rocky patches.

Yala NP has a big concentration of leopards. There are very good numbers of Elephants, Crocodiles, water buffalos, wild boars, spotted deer and gray langurs amongst other large animals.

Birds are in abundance and include rare black necked stork, Indian peafowl and Sri Lanka jungle fowl.

Some of the interesting places to stay out side the Yala National Park
Palatupana, Kirinda, Tissamaharama, Weerawila, Katharagama,

Nearest Town- Tissamaharama
Hospital- Debarawewa Government Hospital
Banks- Bank of Ceylon, Peoples Bank, Sampath Bank, Seylan Bank
ATM - Sampath Bank, Seylan Bank.
Fuel Stations- Tissamaharama, Debarawewa, Yodakandiya, Pannegamuwa.