Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Yala National Park was a pleasant surprise. Located in Southern part of Sri Lanka, the Rain-forest was pristine and beautiful. It is green and untouched. Its beauty lies in amazing scenery and healthy animals who do not seem to bother about the tourists at all. But that is because the Safari jeep drivers are disciplined and cautious – they have not ruffled the farmers. many of the animals seen in these pictures actually came out of the dense forests to have a LOOK AT US !

The leopard sat majestically just near the track, eating its kill, least bothered about the clicking humans nearby – reeking royalty and non nonchalance

The birds were simply amazing. I clicked a few and missed hundreds in my short three hour Safari.   I have been to a number of national parks in India, but the number of animals, the state of the forest and the overall experience was much better here. Maybe, that was because the ‘king’ showed up this time, whereas I have never been able to see the tiger in Indian forests.

The amazing beaches and the lotus ponds, not to mention many scenic waterholes makes me wonder whether the animals here are actually having a whale of a time, while we humans are slogging it out in the cities?????

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Safari Trail

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Crock comes to greet us near the gate

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Water Hole

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Jungle Inspector Elephant comes near to peep inside our jeep. All’s well and he moves on to check the next jeep

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Inspector Elephant being a little careful about allowing tourists in the jungle today

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Jungle fowl, no less proud than the peacocks

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Obelix would have loved this forest

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Hornbills

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Pretty picture

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Jackal family

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The beach in the middle of the forest

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Safari taking a break at the beach

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At close quarters

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Elephant shaped rock with amazing lotus pond

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Wild Buffalo, doing what it does best, enjoying a water hole

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Hawk

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Langoor looking pensive

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Leopard eating its kill

Leopard eating its kill

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Mongoose

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Monitor Lizard

 

380sq mile Rain Forest

380sq mile Rain Forest

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