Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourism destinations, lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. Yala is among the oldest and best known of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Yala covers about 1,297 Sq. km or 129,700 ha. And it is the largest agglomeration of protected areas in the country. Yala plays a very significant role in conservation of a large number of flora and fauna in the country. Yala West (Ruhuna) National Park is well recognized as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards.