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?????
Crock comes to greet us near the gate
Jungle Inspector Elephant comes near to peep inside our jeep. All’s well and he moves on to check the next jeep
Inspector Elephant being a little careful about allowing tourists in the jungle today
Jungle fowl, no less proud than the peacocks
Obelix would have loved this forest
The beach in the middle of the forest
Safari taking a break at the beach
At close quarters
Elephant shaped rock with amazing lotus pond
Wild Buffalo, doing what it does best, enjoying a water hole
Langoor looking pensive
Leopard eating its kill
380sq mile Rain Forest