Yala National Park is one of the best places in the world to see leopards in the wild. Without any natural predators at Yala, over-200 leopards thrive here, and they often emerge for a drink at the water tank. Yala is also home to large game such as the endangered Asian Elephant, playful sloth bear and many endemic species of birdlife.
After months of lockdown in Sri Lanka, operations in the country have resumed under strict health guidelines that visitors must follow. Domestic travellers and ex-pats living in Sri Lanka are currently allowed to visit Yala National Park.
Vehicle numbers entering parks have been restricted to half to prevent overcrowding of popular wilderness areas, and e-ticketing has been introduced to reduce physical contact.
In accordance with COVID-19 health guidelines, visitors are allowed into the national park only after their body temperature is checked at the entrance and they provide their personal contact details. Only five visitors are allowed in one safari jeep.
Sri Lanka is expecting to open borders to international travellers from August 1, 2020. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates if the opening date were to change.