A Rabbit at Ruhuna Yala National Park
Ruhuna Yala is the Sri Lankas most visited wildlife reserve. It is easily accessible from the coastal highway Colombo - Bentota - Unawatuna - Galle - Tissamaharama. The park entrance is 70km (45 miles) east of Hambantota and 30 km (19 miles) east of Tissa. There are two entrances to the reserve. The main gate is at Palatupana, 20 km from Tissamaharama. The other gate is on the Kataragama - Situlpahuwa road. Area of the park Ruhuna covers almost 1260 sq km of scrub jungle, open savannah, riverrine woodland & a long coastline which curves around Sri Lankas southeast coast. Four-fifths (4 of the 5 blocks) of this designated a Strict Natural Reserve & closed to visitors. Block 1, southeast segment of the park (known as Yala West), an area of some 130 sq km (50 sq km) is open to tourists. This area is said to have the highest concentration of animals. In addition, there is a buffer zone which may in future form part of an expansion of the park.
Sambar deer, spotted deer, muse deer, barking deer, wild boar, wild buffaloes, pangolins, porcupines, stripe-necked & ruddy mongooses, rabbits, (rare) wild cats, jackals macaque, langur monkeys, toque monkeys and many more...