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Cruises visiting Yala National Park & all Yala National Park cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Yala National Park in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at Asia Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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Yala National Park is a 1000 wildlife sanctuary located in SE Sri Lanka bordering on the Indian Ocean. Visiting ships berth at Hambantota and tourists reach the park entrance 50 kilometres to the NE by road. The park is divided into blocks, and Block I, the most popular, can be visited on a ring road returning via the coastal town of Yala to the port. The Yala National Park is the most visited park in Sri Lanka. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Yala has the highest leopard concentration in the world.

The wildlife sanctuary was declared in 1900, and National Park in 1938. The park is flat in a dry, semi-arid climate region. Waterholes and rock pools are an important source of water for the 350 or so Sri Lankan elephants, the water birds and water buffaloes. Toque macaque, golden palm civet, red slender loris, and fishing cat are among the other mammals that can be seen in Yala. There are 215 bird species and 47 reptile fauna in the park. Sadly, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami caused severe damage to the coastal and riverine areas of Yala National Park and 250 people died in its vicinity.

Yala had been a centre of past civilisations and mythical heroes. During the colonial period Yala became a popular hunting ground. Poaching, gem-mining, logging, encroachment by agriculture, and free-roaming domestic livestock are the main threats to the park. Issues are most severe in Sithulpahuwa where thousands of Buddhist pilgrims visit, leading to a great degree of commercialisation. For a day visit, consider a private tour where you’ll meet view a wide array of wild animals like leopards, elephants, monkeys, jackals, sloth bears, and much more.