Sri Lanka | Yala National Park, Mirissa Beach

When researching for our trip I really had my heart set on a jeep safari in Yala National Park.  There is something really special and amazing to see wild animals in their natural habitat.  We saw many interesting birds, lots of water buffalo and spotted deer, elephants, mongoose, land monitors, monkeys, wild boars and the highlight was a leopard sleeping in a tree then getting up to stretch and moving across to another tree.

Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari peacock stork in tree photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari spotted deer photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari water buffalo photo

Can you spot the leopard in the tree?!

Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari leopard in tree photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari mongoose photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari grey hornbill in tree photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari Asian elephant photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari red soil park roads pond photo

Sri Lanka was majorly impacted with devastation by the 2004 tsunami, there were many lives taken here at the Yala beach.  It was incredible to hear the animals went to higher ground and were safe.

Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari rock outcropping Yala beach photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari gnarled dead trees photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari painted stork by pond photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari roads photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari monkeys bird in tree photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari monkey running with baby photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari monkey jumping in tree photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari wild boars photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari red-faced monkey in tree photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography Yala National Park early morning jeep safari photo

Headed along the gorgeous coastline to Mirissa Beach.  It was Independence Day and the following day was the full moon which is also a public holiday.

Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan colourful festivities Independence Day parade photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees waves crashing photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees Mirissa Beach photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees Mirissa Beach at night full moon photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees Mirissa Beach photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees Mirissa Beach island photo
Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees Mirissa Beach portrait photo

An exceptionally good traditional Sri Lankan rice + curry lunch, “made by Mama” as their restaurant boasts.

Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees Mirissa Beach Mamas home cooking rice and curry photo

A beautiful, detailed sand art design that just happens naturally.  Very amazing!

Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach palm trees Mirissa Beach sand art designs photo

Last sunset before heading off to the airport.  Thanks for coming on a journey to Sri Lanka thru my photos!

Sri Lanka travel adventure Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon travel photography beautiful Sri Lankan coastline beach sunset palm trees Negombo Dolphin Resort photo

11 March 2015 - 4:29 pm

Melissa - Can’t wait to show Noah all the animal shots! I personally am a fan of the beach shots;)

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