Leopard Trails – Leopard Watching in Yala National Park

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30 people


English, Francais, Russian

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Leopard watching tours in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka are a popular attraction for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Located in the southeastern part of the country, Yala National Park covers an area of over 979 square kilometers and is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, deer, and over 200 species of birds. However, the park is most famous for its leopards, which are considered to be the most densely populated in the world.

Leopards in Sri Lanka are a subspecies known as Panthera pardus kotiya, and they are found exclusively on the island. These leopards are slightly smaller in size than their African counterparts, but they are just as majestic and beautiful. They are carnivorous animals and their diet consists mainly of deer, wild boar, and other small mammals. Leopards are known for their agility and strength, and they are skilled climbers and swimmers.

In Yala National Park, leopards can be found in a variety of habitats, including dense forests, grasslands, and scrublands. They are most commonly sighted in the park’s blocks 1 and 5, which are known for their high concentrations of leopards.

Leopard watching tours in Yala National Park typically take place in the morning or evening, when the animals are most active. Visitors can choose to go on a jeep safari, which allows them to get up close to the leopards and other wildlife in the park, or opt for a walking tour, which offers a more intimate and immersive experience.

During the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to observe the leopards in their natural habitat and learn about their behavior, habits, and adaptations. They may also have the chance to spot other wildlife, such as elephants, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.

The best time to visit Yala National Park for a leopard watching tour is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, the park is less humid and the animals are easier to spot due to the lack of foliage. However, leopards can be spotted year-round in the park, and many visitors choose to go on a tour during the wet season, which runs from October to April, to see the park in its full, lush glory.

While on the tour, it is important to remember to respect the wildlife and to follow the guidelines set by the park authorities. This includes staying a safe distance from the animals and not disturbing their natural behaviors.

Overall, a leopard watching tour in Yala National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty and majesty of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. It is an experience that is sure to be remembered for years to come. If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka, don’t miss the chance to go on a leopard watching tour in Yala National Park and see these amazing animals up close and personal.


  • Observing leopards in their natural habitat: During the tour, visitors will have the chance to see leopards in their natural habitat and learn about their behavior, habits, and adaptations.
  • Seeing a variety of wildlife: In addition to leopards, visitors may also have the opportunity to spot other wildlife, such as elephants, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.
  • Learning from experienced guides: Tours are led by experienced guides who can provide insight into the behavior and habits of the leopards and other wildlife in the park.


  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Private Transport.
  • Entrance fees (Parking Tickets & Entrance tickets).
  • Box lunch water, dessert.
  • Free Pickup/Drop off from/to any location within the radius of 5 KM from the Palatupana Park Gate.
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drinks (beer or liquor)


<span> 08:00</span>

Meet at the park entrance and check-in for the safari

<span> 8.30</span>

Depart for the safari by jeep or on foot, depending on the tour operator's preference

<span> 9.00 </span>

First stop at a viewpoint to watch for wildlife and photograph the scenery

<span> 11.00</span>

Continue the safari and make additional stops at various viewpoints

<span> 13.00</span>

Lunch at a designated area within the park.

<span> 15.00</span>

End the safari and return to the park entrance. Note: This is just a sample itinerary and may vary based on the tour operator's schedule and the availability of the animals. The safari may include additional stops and activities, such as guided walks or visits to cultural sites within the park. It is also important to keep in mind that the timing of the safari may be affected by factors such as weather and the movement of the animals.


5 – 7 hours



Frequently asked questions

Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however, you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case, a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

Start your day with a quick breakfast at a local cafe or restaurant in Sigiriya town. Around 8.00 AM our tour operator will meet you there. If you are not close to Sigiriya We can come there to pick you up too. But the Vehicle expenses will be included. contact Customer Support for more inquiries.

Depending on the phase you are walking tour will end around 15.00 to 16.00 in the evening.

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