Visit the Yala National Park during this time of the year to get the best view of leopards. Moreover, there are many other spectacular animals and birds. Yala covers nearly 130,000 hectares with lush forests, scrubs, grasslands, and beautiful lagoons. Only part of the park is open to the public. Previously the park served as a hunting ground for the local elite, while Sri Lanka was under British rule. Now the park is home to 44 mammal and 215 bird species.
The park is home to endemic Sri Lankan leopard - Panthera pardus kotiya, that was first described by a local zoologist in 1956 and is currently among the endangered species. Its population in the wild is less than 1000 individuals.