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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Habarana vacation builder.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We expected to go the Minneriya nat'l park, but our driver told us that the animals moved here, hence the huge line up to enter. I was amazed at the order within what looked like a huge traffic jam an...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    The elephants are the main attraction in Sri Lanka so obviously wherever they go, the crowds will follow. During our stay the elephants had gathered at Kaudulla so I knew that this park would be popul...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Kandulla park is very nice area. However, authorities should regulate urgently more strictly the entrance policy. Indeed, we visited the park with too many safari jeeps at the same time (maybe more th...  more »
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  • July 18, 2017
    We got to be very close to a large herd of elephants, and saw many other species with an attentive and knowledgeable guide.
  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • March 17, 2017
    Probably the best place to see elephants in their natural surroundings. Extremely beautiful area and very well kept as well. Loved it!!!
  • July 15, 2017
    Witness the true wild life in Sri Lanka
  • June 27, 2017
    One of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka.

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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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