With the esprit of " Adventure begins where the road ends ", two fully expedition prepared 4 x 4 vehicles left Colombo towards the scenic Strict Natural Reserve ( SNR ) named Yala Block 2, situated in the south eastern corner of Sri Lanka. This reserve is a part of Yala Sanctuary restricted for general public. You have to get proper approval and permission to get in as no one is generally allowed to camp inside the Yala Block 2. This permission can be obtained at the Department of Wild Life Conservations ( DWLC ) Head Office situated in Colombo ..
Going to Yala Nature Reserve, not merely for the animals but for the serenity one gets to experience. A place cut out from human habitat, an ideal environment to be alone and rediscover who you were ..
Yala Nature Reserve and its never changing environment is a sort of a meditation centre to those who live in this ever changing world in the city. An occasional trip to Yala Nature Reserve always helps me to realise how much, I myself, had changed as a person ..
All the journeys that I had to Yala Nature Reserve always provided me the opportunity to learn how much we, the nature and the humans, are connected ..
The elephants guarding their offspring reminds humans how to be available for their children .. And a leopard who makes a successful kill shows us how to be focused when pursuing a goal ..
Entering Yala Nature Reserve for the first time as a kid, I read the sign board which stated that no visitor had the right to take away even a grain of sand from the sanctuary. Since then, no one has needed to teach me how to protect assets of all forms ..
Drinking water is often a problem when you travel in the reserve. We have always been forced to conserve drinking water in Yala by our cautious Park Ranger Friend. Whenever we return home from Yala Nature Reserve, we have an ample reason to be ashamed of ourselves when we see how water is wasted in the wet zone of Sri Lanka ..
There is always the temptation to do something unlawful at Yala Nature Reserve. These questionable acts can be ranged from killing an animal, cutting timber, or bringing home a souvenir as flora and fauna. However, I prefer to bring home memories from Yala of which has got an unseen link between the wildlife and the humanlife ..
Memories of Yala Nature Reserve are strong, so strong that I only have to close my eyes to travel to my most favourite place on earth ..