Yala National Park is one of the largest - and certainly the
most visited - park complex in Sri Lanka, and is regarded as a must-see by
many visitors to the country.
The beautiful expanse - covering almost 380 square miles - was
made into a National Park in 1938, in order to protect the special
ecosystems and rare wildlife found here. It is a great place to
spot elephants, boar and leopards, along with many other rare flora
and fauna. Now divided into a number of different sections, the
park contains many varied landscapes including marine wetlands and
even monsoon forests - both of which are especially surprising
given that much of the region sees very little rain.