Rent a car in Yala
Yala National Park is the most famous of its kind in all of Sri Lanka, taking up a total area of 1268 square km. In addition to the rich wildlife such as elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, leopards, monkeys, crocodiles, deer, and more, you will also come across landscapes such as grassy plains, water lagoons, light forest, and scrubs.
Since Yala is on the south coast of Sri Lanka, you can rent a car and head towards the southern expressway, as this route will take you there the fastest, if traveling from Colombo. The distance is about 300kms and the total travel time will be about four to four and a half hours.
When in Yala
Sri Lanka car rental services are available for self-drive or we can provide you a professional driver’s services along with the rent a car for your trip to Yala.
Yala National Park
Once you reach Yala, check in to a hotel or preferred campsite, freshen up and prepare for the best jeep safari experience of your life. There are two timing options for jeep safari’s at the Yala National Park; the afternoon shift begins at 3.00 p.m. from the park entrance and the morning shift begins at 6.00 a.m. from the park entrance. So you can reserve your ride and the jeep driver will pick you up from your accommodation at the time agreed upon.
Wildlife enthusiasts are going to absolutely enjoy this journey and just one session is not going to be enough. So plan accordingly where you can enjoy a full day game drive or two separate sessions at least.
During your safari at the Yala National Park, you will come across exotic flora and fauna varieties, including the big three – Sri Lankan elephants, leopards, and the sloth bear in their natural habitat. Due to the high ratio of leopard density in Yala, the chances of spotting one are high.
Beyond the National Park, make use of car rental services to visits ancient temples such as that of Kataragama and Sithulpauwa; fascinating experiences of two of the most significant religious sites in Sri Lanka. While the latter features a monastery with a history dating back to the 2nd century BC, Kataragama has been worshipped as a sacred city for generations and sees pilgrims from multiple faiths.