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Kaudulla National Park, Habarana

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Experience one of Sri Lanka's newest national parks and wildlife reserves at Kaudulla National Park, where you can come in close contact with elephants, among other majestic creatures. Opened in 2002, the corridor park houses up to 250 elephants, as well as endangered species such as leopards, sloth bears, sambar bears, and rusty spotted cats. Go on a jeep safari to observe and learn about these animals' behavior and habitat, or opt for a catamaran ride to explore this eco-tourism attraction by water. The weather can get relentlessly hot, so carry a hat and remember to put on sunscreen. Put Kaudulla National Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Habarana vacation builder.
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Where to stay in Habarana

Staying in Habarana and going on day-trips to nearby towns and attractions has gained popularity, due to the development of numerous accommodation options, mostly upscale and mid-range. Relatively high-end, the lodgings in Habarana do include some budget-friendly choices, but you'll probably need to book ahead. Resorts, offering lodges and bungalow style rooms that boast verdant, tropical settings, are scattered all around the village and its surroundings.
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  • Great experience in the national park. Not very touristy when we visited. Driver found elephants so it felt like a real Safari. Sighted peacocks and foxes. Great trip. Booked through our small hotel, ...  more »
  • Difficult to write a review because the experience was both beautiful and terrifying. The park has all the potential to offer a great experience, with a 99% chance to see at least a few elephants in i...  more »
  • Yala is such a better place than this. Kaudulla for us was such a rip off and what we saw at Yala was tenfold.  more »
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  • We got to be very close to a large herd of elephants, and saw many other species with an attentive and knowledgeable guide.
  • Like Minneriya, Kaudulla offers a good chance of getting up close and personal with elephants. In October there are up to 250 elephants in the park, including herds of juvenile males. There are also leopards, fishing cats, sambar deer, endangered rusty spotted cats and sloth bears. The best time to visit is from January to March and, less reliably, May to June.
  • Probably the best place to see elephants in their natural surroundings. Extremely beautiful area and very well kept as well. Loved it!!!
  • Witness the true wild life in Sri Lanka
  • One of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka.