Distance from Galle – 155 km (3 hours 45 minutes)
Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most visited and second largest national park situated close to Hambantota. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1990 and covers approximately 979 square kilometers of ground area. Yala consists of 215 species of birds out of which 6 species are endemic to Sri Lanka. It harbors 44 species of mammals and has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. Two important pilgrimage sites namely, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara are situated within the Yala National Park.