Today we leave Weligama and head towards Yala National Park, about three and a half hours away by drive. Yala National Park, located in the southeast region, is the second largest park in Sri Lanka. It is famous for its population of Sri Lankan elephants as well as its aquatic birds. The commonly seen mammals are the leopard and the sloth bear. In the afternoon, we go on game drives and try to spot leopards, elephant and sloth bear. According to some sources, Yala Block 1 has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. Yala therefore offers one of the best chances in Asia to see them.
Other large animals you may see mugger crocodile, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, wild boar, wild buffalo, jackal, grey langur and mongoose. Yala is also a great place for bird watching. There are about 300 species of birds residing here. Birding highlights include malabar pied hornbill, painted stork, lesser adjutant and black-necked stork. The next two days, Days 6 & 7, are also spent going for various game safaris in the morning as well as in the afternoons.