YALA is among the oldest and best known National Parks in Sri Lanka. Spanning over 1297 km or 129,700 hectares, it is the largest accumulation of protected areas in the country. The diversity of its ecosystems ranges from moist to dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, fresh water, marine wetlands and sandy beaches. Two main rivers known as the Kumbukkan Oya and the Manik Ganga flows though the Park and is the main source of water for fauna and flora alike.

The Yala National Park has over 230 species of resident, migrant and endemic birds and is recognized as one of the world’s best parks to observe leopards. The leopard in Yala is a subspecies of leopard native to Sri Lanka and known as Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya). These animals are considered to be endangered.

About 32 species of mammals, many reptiles and lagoon fauna species have been recorded in the Park which is famous as being one of the best places in the island for observing large mammals within one territory.

About the Camp

Camping is not just about pitching a tent and lying under the stars. At the Governor’s Camp, we ensure a balance between adventure and fun, comfort and necessity, and, of course, exceptional taste because of the effort we spend in making this an unforgettable adventure just for you.

Although we are located just outside the main Park, we have maintained the wilderness of a jungle giving you the entire experience of a perfect jungle retreat. The myriad bird calls will awaken you each morning and the sounds of the nocturnal creatures of the wild will be the last thing you hear at night. In the meanwhile, we ensure complete safety and seclusion.

This is just what we have to say. We invite you to come over to any of our Governor’s Camps and experience the real thing. You won’t regret a minute of your holiday!


For larger parties of visitors, the Camp offers canvas tents that can accommodate up to eight persons per tent. We don’t discourage crowds…we encourage camaraderie.


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  • Entire campsite = US$ 300/- (Max of 12 pax)
  • Per person exceeding 12 = US$ 30/-
  • Per bed = US$ 40/- (for 11 or less)

-Seasonal discounts may apply.

-Food and Beverages billed separately

Sri Lankans and Resident Permit Holder may qualify for discounts.

Contact us for more details.


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Surrounding Area

This sprawling Jungle Resort spread over a 7-acre expanse of supine, secure wilderness comprises twin cadjan pavilions, encompassing the allure of the jungle and the sea. The Governor’s Camp Yala is situated 7km from the Yala National Park entrance and a mere 400 metres from the sea.


Wild Life Safari Yala –

(7 kms to the Yala Entrance)

Absolute fun and excitement–safari wildlife viewing in open top jeeps in the famed Udawalawa, Lunugamwehera, Bundala and Yala National Parks.

4WD Jeeps available on request

Bird Watching

Bird-watching or birding is the observation or study of birds with the naked eye or through binoculars; remember – National Parks are around the corner.


Make a wish upon a shooting star, listen to nature’s very own cricket orchestra, enjoy the sumptuous BBQ and allow the soothing winds lull you into relaxed slumber

Sea and Lake Fishing

Governors Camp is located a mere 400 metres from the sea, and even has access to a secluded beach

(please bring your own fishing lines or rods).


A wide array of activities, including Sea-bathing, Nature Walks/Jogging within premises or along the beach, Board Games, Beach Volley Ball, Cricket, Croquet, Draughts, Chess and Carom, while the kids get to thoroughly enjoy a Tree House and Sand Pit.

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