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Pictures from Yala National Park in Sri Lanka (photo gallery 1): bird, peacock, lizard, and flora.

Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis), Bird in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis), Bird in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

Yala National Park is located in southeastern Sri Lanka, about 20 km away from Tissamaharama. It is the most visited and the second largest national park of the country. It covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi). Yala National Park is also one of the oldest protected areas in Sri Lanka since it was established in 1938. It is composed of  five bocks. Ruhuna park is the most visited block.

The popularity of Yala National Park is due mainly to the large diversity of its fauna and flora. This includes more than 30 species of mammals and 120 species of birds. Several irrigation tanks store fresh water and sustain the animals. The amount of visitors may however harm the attraction of the park.


Peacock in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Peacock in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.


Lizard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Lizard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

 
Flora of Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Flora of Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. 


 

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