Kaudulla National Park, Habarana

4.2
#2 of 11 in Parks in North Central Province
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 into our Habarana online trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Habarana.
Create an itinerary including Kaudulla National Park
map
Kaudulla National Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
599 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • The Park is filled with over 300 elephants which we can approach very closely. There are several peacock, monkeys, but mainly the elephants! It's really an activity not to be missed!
    View original
  • Just loved our afternoon Safari in this beautiful National Park, it was so much fun! So many elephants to be seen around the tank, some coming up close to our truck. We were also able to see wild buff...  more »
  • I am very sad when I read that all have seen many elephants. On my tour, we only occasionally encountered a few cops, we could get close though, which however were no consolation for the hundreds of elephants, which are supposedly typically found. My guide had recommended me this park instead of Minneriya. Maybe a bug. Without elephants, this park is absolutely uninteresting and also not be nicely landscaped. To see there were a few Pelicans and Marabous. For me, it was an expensive and not worthwhile company as unaccompanied. I wish all luckier than me. As regrettable, I felt that you could connect as single travellers of any group. In any of mine visited the parks. I'm organizationally never hngekriegt. So maybe before book from Germany!
    View original
Google
  • I really loved this place and got to see big herds of elephants in the wild. We had and excellent guide which stopped and showed us many different animals along the way. He was also very respectful of the elephants and kept a good distance to them. Some other drivers went to close so it was nice to see them being chased off by some larger male elephants.
  • Best place to watch large herd of elephants. Best time is pre north eastern monsoon. Lake half filled and land area is full of new grass shoots.
  • We got a good price from the sun guest house in polonnaruwa. Saw up to 30 elephants, eagles, lizards, buffalo, peacocks. The driver also dropped us off at our next accommodation for a very reasonable price.
  • Great place for elephants safari a beautiful environment the lake is very beautiful can see many animal mostly elephants but deers,peacocks,crocodiles also wild boars
  • Can see 100's of elephants. You can see both big ones and baby elephants and they have bath in the lake and it is nice to see all the activities of elephant there. Can watch this for hours with out boring.

Plan your trip to Habarana

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Habarana by other users

7 days in Kandy & Habarana BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA February, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA June, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA February, culture, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ITALY March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM RUSSIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans