From Colombo one can cut across the country towards the south which would be a six hour drive or take the coastal route which could take up to 11 hrs.
carry long lenses if you want to shoot leopards as they are very shy animals. Alwys be ready with your camera. Apart from leopards there is a large variety of birds and animals which one can shoot. The landscapes are also very beautiful.
Driving out of Yala national park on my last day in Srilanka we came across this lone Leopard sitting all alone on the main road access leading out of the park. I had heard of one animal in this area, but had not seen it in my 10 days there. This was shot from a distance using my 500mm lens