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Yala National Park in Sri Lanka is not just a haven for leopards and elephants; it's also home to a fascinating and often overlooked species—the sloth bear. These unique creatures have captured the hearts of wildlife enthusiasts with their distinct characteristics and behaviors. This blog will explore five surprising facts about sloth bears in Yala National Park.
Dynamic and contemporary wildlife and nature-based tourism is rapidly gaining momentum and becoming popular among foreign and local travelers in Southern Sri Lanka’s national parks including Yala,Bundala Lunugamavehera and Kumana creating new economic opportunities closely tied to natural environments.
Camping in Yala national park is a popular recreational activity in the nature-based tourism domain in the country at present providing accommodation for travelers at several luxury tented units opened in the Yala campsite recently.
It has now become one of the best ways to escape the high luminous intensity of city lights and the worrisome noise of activities such as tooting of vehicle hones and experience the simplicity of nature.
Camping in the wild is the shared dream of many dedicated wild life enthusiasts longing for remote trails and peaceful seclusion.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is extensively focusing on wildlife tourism sector as the country is undoubtedly placed in a splendid position in terms of forests, natural habitats and diverse species of wildlife that appeal to travelers, a top official of the Tourism Ministry disclosed.
In this context, the newly established “Wild Trails Yala by Suri” Glamping site consisting of five brand new air-conditioned luxury tents fitted with modern amenities along with a specious eco-friendly open air restaurant and a verandah situated in close proximity Yala national park is undoubtedly placed in a marvelous position in terms of forest, natural habitats and diverse species of wildlife that appeal to travelers.
It is located on Orumemulla, Yodakandiya Sithulpauwa road and is only about a twenty minute drive from the park entrance and offers an easy access to the Yala National Park.
It is a four hour drive from the Colombo airport and an hour’s drive from the Mattala airport. It is about 12km to the closest town which is Tissamaharama
The new tourism promotion strategy also highlights the needs of developing eco tourism exploring the potential to disperse tourists onto new routes in the wilderness such as “Wild trails by Suri” Yala camping site to incorporate additional attractions to the tourist offer.
Spending time in nature at this scrub jungle helps relieve stress and anxiety, improve the mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing, several visitors to the site told the Business Times.
“Whatever you call it – forest bathing, eco therapy, mindfulness in nature, green time or the wilderness cure -- humans evolved in the great outdoors, and your brain benefits from a journey back to nature”, they claimed.
“Wild trails by Suri” descends back to the dry scrub and light woodland as it plunges through Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife destination.
Each tent can be reserved on a single, a double, or on a triple basis. The visitors will be offered a combination of Srilankan and western dishes.
On clear days the dinner will be served under the bright stars with blazing bonfire to keep you company. The visitors will be attended to by well trained staff.
Visitors will also get the opportunity to interact with a traditional village family and enjoy a typical Srilankan village meal
Once famous for enormous tuskers, the park has gained a reputation of late for leopards with Yala having one of the highest densities of the big cat anywhere in the world.
Kumana National Park, to the east of Yala and Bundala, to its south-west, is world-renowned birding destinations, especially for wading birds and ducks during the migrant season.
Safari Rides are an obvious choice for travelers in Yala National Park, with wildlife adventures and uncertain experiences all roped in to help them enjoy the wild animals in their natural habitat.
It is advisable to book a guided tour aside from a jeep and driver for your safari, as a guide will take you around all the best areas for sightseeing and be able to answer all your queries or share vital information and details about the Park and its residents.
Travellers will get an opportunity to witness a variety of birds like peacocks, crested serpent eagles, buffalo, spotter dear in hordes, wild boars and monitor lizards.
Crocodiles, Elephants, and Leopards are a rare sight. With about 10-15 elephants in zone 1, it is likely that you see at least 1 of them. While an estimated number of 75 leopards are present in about a 144 sq. km region, the chances of seeing even a sole leopard are rare.
Each tent can be reserved on a single, a double, or on a triple basis. The visitors will be offered a combination of Srilankan and western dishes. On clear days the dinner will be served under the bright stars with blazing bonfire to keep you company. The visitors will be attended to by well trained staff.
You will also get the opportunity to interact with a traditional village family and enjoy a typical Srilankan village meal.
The eco-friendly ‘Wild Trails Yala by Suri’ is a favourite place for many adventure and wildlife enthusiasts who find its wild atmosphere ideally suited to unwind after a safari.
It offers its guests a remarkable experience with great camping and room facilities with modern amenities’ said Sena Suriyapperuma, the proprietor of the ‘Wild Trails Yala by Suri’.
If the visitor opts to stay for more than one night there’s always several other attractions and nature reserves situated within a few kilometers of Wild Trails, he said adding that these natural forests are the Bundala national park which is famous for birds and the Lunugamvehera national park.
‘Wild Trails by Suri’ is the kind of experience that one would otherwise experience camping inside the park. Well, the secure, large tents and the comfortable bedding and amenities can easily make any guest forget that they are in the wilderness
Spanning over ten acres of jungle and endless miles of waterways, ‘Wild Trails by Suri’ is truly a nature resort of untamed beauty and unmatched luxury.
‘He noted that adventure travellers vist the site to enjoy the excitement of the wilderness. At dusk guests can easily experience the excitement of the jungle that cocoons the camp
The roaming elephants cross the trail no sooner the area begins to darken. The bark of the deer as the night thickens, ever alert of the nocturnal hunt of the leopard. This is the routine of the jungle’ Suri explained.
This will be an opportunity for travelers to visit the historic Sithulpauwa and attractive tourist destinations like Krinda and Thissamaharama, he disclosed.
‘We at Wild Trails do not provide guests with only the accommodation and food, but also an array of activities which enable adventure lovers to get some value added to their stay. Yala jeep safari is the main attraction, while ‘Bush Walk’, a walking trail or jungle trekking is popular with many foreign travellers’ said Goshitha Dullewa, the Operations Manager of the camp site.
At the campsite there are generally additional attractions in the immediate vicinity such as a lakefront view, mountains scenery or just simply jungle. .
At wild Trails by Suri we have a natural water hole created by a dip in the rock formation at one end of the campsite, he said adding that this attracts plenty of wild animals such as bear, the elephant deer birds etc.
They roam here to quench their thirst in the mornings and in the evenings.
You can observe these wild animals that come to this water hole while seated in the comfort of the Wild Trails by Suri Campsite, he added.
Excursions to surrounding areas are possible using ‘Wild Trails by Suri’ as the base. Bundala National Park (30 minutes drive), Sithulpawwa (15 minutes), Lunugamvehera (20 minutes), Palutupana Salterns (30 minutes drive), Kataragama/ Kirivehera (45 minutes), Tissamaharama (just 10 minutes), Kirinda (15 minutes), Kalametiya( two hours) and Ridiyagama Safari and Botanical Gardens (two hours drive) are some of the popular excursions.
Bandula Sirimanna. Sunday times.