At Yala Wild Hut, we are surrounded by nature. It is this untouched and untamed beauty that fills one with the thrill and simultaneously the unforgettable experience of living amongst the fauna within the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary.
The surroundings teem with wildlife- from the beautiful butterflies and colourful birdlife to insects, reptiles and mammals. You will wake up to a chorus of birdsong and you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while listening to the chattering of monkeys. You may find some of your food items stolen by these mischievous primates and the occasional iguana may wander into the campsite in search of something to eat. If you are lucky, you may witness an elephant or two bathing in the river. A few lucky guests have heard the sawing of the leopard on its nocturnal wanderings.
The staff at Yala Wild Hut will assist you if you do find a frog in your bathroom or a lizard in your tent. You are welcome to always ask a staff member to accompany you if you wish to walk around the campsite. The animals wish you no harm. We are after all, in their territory and each and every one of us needs to respect all other living creatures.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks. The Park teems with an assortment of wildlife and is home to 44 species of mammals and 200 migrant and residential bird species. Visitors may marvel at the beauty and majesty of the elephants, leopards, sloth bear, sambur, deer, wildboar as well as the beautiful peacocks, eagles, owls and other creatures.
The flora of Yala consists of a variety of eco systems including dry monsoon forest, thorn forest, grasslands, marshes, wetlands and sandy beaches.
Yala is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka.
Of 215 bird species of the park, 6 are endemic to Sri Lanka. They are Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill, Sri Lankan Jungle-fowl, Sri Lankan Wood Pigeon, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, and Brown-capped babbler.
The number of waterbirds inhabiting wetlands of Yala is 90 and half of them are migrants.
At Yala Wild Hut, we also offer an alternate camping experience for those who would like to experience the wonder and beauty of Yala National Park on a budget. We will set up basic tents with air mattresses on the river bank and provide all three meals for a minimum group of 6 and a maximum of 8.
We, at Yala Wild Hut believe that your experience at a campsite should be free of the encumbrances and technicalities of setting up your campsite and that you should be spending your time making beautiful memories while we take care of the rest.
The reptiles recorded from Yala National Park is 47 with six of them being endemic. The Sri Lankan Krait, Boulenger's Keelback, Sri Lankan Flying Snake, Painted-lip Lizard, Wiegmann's Agama, and Bahir's Fan-throated Lizard are the endemic species.
The two breeding crocodile species of Sri Lanka, Mugger Crocodile and Saltwater Crocodile also inhabit the park. The Indian Cobra and Russell's viper are among the other reptiles.
|Black Drongo||Racket Tail Drongo|
|Black-headed Ibis||Brahminy Kite|
|Brown Fish Owl||Common Kingfisher|
|Crested Hawk Eagle||Crested Serpent Eagle|
|Gray Egret||Green Imperial Pigeon|
|Indian Cormorant||Indian Palm Swift|
|Indian Peacock||Lesser Whistling Teal|
|Little Egret||Malabar Pied Hornbill|
|Medium Egret||Open-billed Stock|
|Orange-breasted Green Pigeon||Painted Stock|
|Red-wattled Lapwing||Rose-ringed Parakeet|
|Small Minivet||Spotted Dove|
|Sri Lanka Gray Hornbill*||Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl*|
|Sri Lankan Paradise Flycatcher||White-bellied Sea Eagle|
|White-breasted Kingfisher||White-necked Stock|
|White-rumped Munia||White-rumped Shama|
|Golden Palm Civet Cat||Golden Jackal|
|Gray Langur||Indian Gray Mongoose|
|Land Monitor Lizard||Mugger Crocodile|
|Ruddy Mongoose||Striped Neck Mongoose|
|Spotted Deer||Sri Lankan Giant Squirrel|
|Sri Lankan Elephant||Sri Lankan Leopard|
|Toque Monkey||White-napped Hare|
|Wild Boar||Wild Buffalo|
|Star Tortoise||Flap shell Turtle|