Yala is a region of untamed beauty with unspoilt nature reserves and miles of golden beaches, bordered by the Indian Ocean. Yala is home to one of Sri Lanka's most visited parks, Yala West National Park. For those with an interest in wildlife, a journey to Yala is well worth the effort. The park is well known for its elephants and is also home to leopard, sloth bear, pangolin, deer, crocodile, monkeys and buffalo. The best time to view the animals is at dawn or dusk when groups of different species gather around the waterholes. The birdlife is also varied and exciting with wild peacocks and jungle foul. Yala East is home to the Kumana mangrove swamp where a great variety of water birds can be seen nesting in June and July. Yala is a paradise for nature lovers seeking an eco-holiday in Sri Lanka and is also a popular stop on a Sri Lankan tour holiday.
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