Things to do in Yala

Yala is one of the popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka – made famous by its Yala National Park, one of the most visited national park in Sri Lanka. The land that comprises a total area of 1268 sq km, Yala is home to beautiful light forest, lush plains and briny lagoons, everything that shows Yala is rich in wildlife. You are most likely to encounter elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes, aquatic birds, and monkeys during your trip into this wildlife. The western part is considered to be the area with the highest leopard visibility ever. With such a geographical diversity and abundance of wildlife, there are many wonderful places to visit in Yala.

Yala National Park

What relaxes better other than nature and wildlife? The safari tours in Yala dedicate their team to the adventures that are complete eco-friendly. The Safari takes you the depth of explorations into the heart of Sri Lanka’s Yala wildlife. The sight of watching these beautiful animals wandering into the profundity of nature is awe-inspiring and breathtaking. Not to forget, the birdlife is quite exquisite as well. The Safaris let you experience the rich wildlife including leopards, elephants, birds, and many more.



Considered as Yala’s biggest attraction, the stunning rock-cut Buddha figures are nearly a 1000-year old. The enormous Buddha stands at 15m, becoming the highest on the island. You can still trace its unusual adhesive robe, along with an elongated splash of orange color it, indicating it was once painted with vibrant colors. The adjoining is filled by smaller carved statures.

Tsunami Memorial

Pay your warm respect at the Tsunami Memorial which is the location of the bungalows that were smeared out by the Asian Tsunami in 2004. This primary beach spot is open to public after a memorial was built in tribute of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident. Once visited, this place puts forward a silent moment of solitude and respect to the souls.


The sacred city of Kataragama connected with the Yala National Park and is regarded as one of the best places to go in Yala. This holy town is a gripping blend of solemnity and convoy, piousness, and sacred lush. Kataragama is one of the most significant pilgrimages in Sri Lanka. A religious city is a holy place for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and the Vedas. Once there, you can easily breathe the magical incense in the air. The months of July and August celebrates a huge round of pilgrims paying tribute.


The town of Tissamaharama is one of the best spots to visit in Sri Lanka for birdwatchers and bird photographers. Visit the Tissa Wewa Lake, which is artificial but nevertheless attractive, to see a variety of birds. The Yatala Vehera Stupa and the Tissamaharama Stupa are two of Tissamaharama’s most impressive stupas. The Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, an ancient Buddhist monastery, is also well-known.