Yala National Park is renowned for its leopard population & a host of other appealing mammals. However, timing your visit is crucial to your prospects, and provided is a guide to help you plan better.
May to June
This is when you are able to tour and enjoy the wonders of Yala at one’s own pace owing to it being the dry season which in turn, does not see too many tourists around.
July to August
Adventure seekers will stand a far better chance of delighting in animal sightings but would have to deal with increasing crowds as a result of the European summer holidays. Thus, if you’re not a fan of waiting for your turn to catch a glimpse of that elusive leopard or elephant, then it is best to avoid these two months.
September to October
Although the reserve closes its doors to the public come September which extends up until the middle of October, the last two weeks of October are excellent to head out as you are likely to stumble upon varying species of mammals and even crocodiles and peacocks.
November to March
Though one will be confronted with the risk of downpours in November, fewer crowds are ably complemented by outstanding sightings that will have you reaching out for your camera at almost every turn. Undoubtedly, the most popular period for a visit is between December to March for Yala National Park is frequented by locals and foreign nationals alike eager to embrace its magical vibes. Ardent birdwatchers, especially those residing at Kithala Resort which is a preferred Tissamaharama hotel will discover that November through February is prime season as this is when numerous species of migratory birds descend over Yala.