Best Times to Visit

Climate ☁/☼ ☁/☼ ☼/☁ ☼/☁
H: High / M: Medium / L: Low
It is always recommended to avoid Weekends and Holidays when visiting Block 1 of Yala
Block 1&2 of Yala may undergo 30-60 days closure due to severity of seasonal droughts during the months of Sept/Oct
Yala Block 1-5 H H H M L L M M L* L* M H
Yala East Kumana M L L L L L M M L L L M
Animal Sightings
Leopards ++ ++ ++ ++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ ++ ++ ++
Bears + + + + ++ ++ ++ ++ + + + +
Elephants +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++
Crocodiles +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++
Wild Water Buffalo +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++
Bird Watching ++++ ++++ ++++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ ++++ ++++

Though our tours operate throughout the year with no less in the service, the best times to visit depend on your requirements and expectations.

When it comes to seasonal closures, only Block 1 of Yala National Park could go under an annual closure of 30-60 days during the month of September/October depending on the severity of the seasonal drought.

Generally, Tourism in Sri Lanka has a High Season from December to April and is relatively low during the other months.

If your tour focuses on the South Beaches of Sri Lanka mainly, November to May is the Best Time, and the Eastern Beach sides are best from June-October.

However, when it comes to crowds in the Yala National Park particularly, from Mid December to Mid January Tend to be high with foreign tourists, and any long weekend or normal weekends during Local School Vacation Months (usually December/April/August) can be attracting local tourists.

Nevertheless, our tours are planned to different sectors and gates and even routes away from the crowds to ensure you have an amazing experience throughout the tour.

If you really want to avoid crowds completely and have a real undisturbed safari experience we always recommend our Yala East – Kumana Mobile Tented Safari over any other tour.

If you visit Yala National Park our personal recommended period to get the best experience (considering weather & crowds) is from Mid till the end of August (with May/June being the best months) and the month of November.

To visit Kumana, we would say year-round is highly recommended considering the low number of tourists comping due to lack of publicity and information of this MOST BEAUTIFUL NATIONAL PARK of the Country.

If you are really into birdlife November thru April are the best months to visit any sector of the Greater Yala Complex

To see the most elusive animal of Yala the Bears (yes, bears are more elusive in our jungles than the leopards) Best time to visit any national park in the complex is during the months of May/June/July when the wild berries grow that bears love to feed on.

Contrary to popular belief, May and June are not the rainy months as the greater Yala complex gets its rains only from the northeast monsoon and inter-monsoon during the months of Oct-Dec

So overall as a summary I would personally say the Months of May/June/July are the best time to visit any sector of the greater Yala complex to encounter the best of terrestrial big 5.


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