Clean up After Pada Yathra

As a strand in this intricate web of life, we at Yala Wild Hut believe that it is our duty and responsibility to give back, protect and conserve the environment we live in. We do not have large numbers but we believe that if we start, others will surely follow. Our ongoing project is the clean-up of the Yala after the annual Padha- Yathra pilgrimage. The pilgrimage which initially had approximately two hundred followers has now increased to twenty thousand. The path takes them through Yala to Katharagama. The pilgrims spend a number of days within the Yala Sanctuary. The Sanctuary cannot sustain the sheer number of humans, in terms of the waste and pollution. There is no proper disposal of waste and the garbage which accumulates, is mind boggling. We at Yala Wild Hut, gather volunteers and spend about three to four days clearing the Sanctuary of all the garbage. It is a daunting task but we are rewarded when we see our beloved Sanctuary return to its original beauty and serenity. We have taken this project a step further by educating our guests about it. If our guests wish to, they may volunteer in this clean-up as well and become a part of our conservation effort.

We at Yala Wild Hut, gather volunteers and spend about three to four days clearing the Sanctuary of all the garbage. It is a daunting task but we are rewarded when we see our beloved Sanctuary return to its original beauty and serenity. We have taken this project a step further by educating our guests about it. If our guests wish to, they may volunteer in this clean-up as well and become a part of our conservation effort.