It’s tough to not fall in love with the environment of this fascinating national park, positioned on the south east tip of Sri Lanka. Tribulation after misfortune has cursed this province from civil battle to the Boxing Day tsunami of 2005, nevertheless the stillness of the air at 5.30am oozes tranquillity as we trundled throughout the final piece of tarmac into Ruhunu National Park.
Broadly referred to as Yala nationwide park, the reserve is cut up into three blocks or zones all patrolled by checkpoints on the borders. Nearly like coming into a managed state, the navy increase the boundaries while Jeremy palms over passport particulars. The border crossing from ‘our’ civilisation to ‘their’ world is in contrast to any border crossing I’ve ever been to.
We have been getting into land the place people don’t belong, the place muscular cats and dominant tuskers rule the plains. It is a no-human zone, and rightly so. With years of army patrol throughout the compounds of Yala, it’s now the time of the creatures of Yala to take again possession. We’re guests to their land, and certainly not ought to we settle and benefit from the luxurious environment.
Integration of Human Life
Inside minutes, 4 gorgeous peacocks peer down at us nimbly perched on a rain tree. The veracious colors of their supercharged feathers spring into motion, because the remaining few totally flocked males eye out their competitors. The fantastic thing about Yala begins a couple of miles again the place indicators of elephant tracks and endemic birds litter the street from Bundulla to Yala.
The mixing of human life into these historic wildlife plains has been in no way seamless, with electrical fences lining the principle street to maintain straying home cattle at bay and tales of the Human Elephant battle (EHC) dotted throughout the villages.
Sense of Solitude
Venturing deeper alongside the one grime observe into Yala, the sense of solitude can actually be entertained. Within the shoulder season of March to June, there are considerably much less jeeps trundling by the reserve, with possibly 25 or so in a 40km sq. space.
That is by far the perfect time to go to Yala, when the reeds are lush after the rains, the watering holes draw out the inhabitants for his or her afternoon drink. After some in a single day rain, the moist grassland deters the beautiful noticed Leopards to the dry abode of the timber, a sight to be held within the reminiscence trophy cupboard.