The main attractions in the region of Yala are the Yala National Park and the Kumana Bird Sanctuary. Both parks are great places to experience majestic animals such as the Sri Lankan elephant, leopard and sloth bear, in addition to a wide variety of reptiles, birds and other mammals. Yala is the ideal place to be based in if you want to enjoy visits to cultural sites such as the Sithulpawwa Raja Maha Viharaya, and the Kataragama Devalaya.