Udawalawe National Park, Uda Walawe National Park

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At Udawalawe National Park, 165 km (103 mi) east of Sri Lanka's capitol, explore the sanctuary for wild animals that were once displaced during the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. Established on in 1972, the reserve covers 308 sq km (119 sq mi). Observe one of park's biggest attractions--elephants--along with jungle cats, monkeys, crocodiles, and other wildlife. After taking a safari, visit the orphanage where professional caretakers nurse baby animals and release them into the wild as they reach maturity. Take a look at our Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary maker site to schedule your visit to Udawalawe National Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Overall a good place for a small safari type trip. Lots of elephants roam free and from what we were told it is a lot less crowded and touristy than Yala. The ticketing and entrance system is massivel...  more »
  • We had an awesome experience in Udawalawe! Actually we did safair 6 times! 3 morning and 3 afternoon drives! We hired a private driver through our hotel. It was easy to drive around! It was fun to be ...  more »
  • This was an amazing trip. I have literally seen about 100 elephants. I have done trips to many wild life parks in Sri Lanka but have never experienced anything like that. If you are an elephant lover....  more »
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  • Really spectacular part of Sri Lanka and filled with numerous elephants. The rest of the animals are either sparse or well hidden but the elephants don’t have a shortage of both beautiful and unique sightings. I wasn’t a fan of the way jeeps were managed or services were offered - you can’t buy tickets yourself and you have to buy them through jeep operators and I suspect they charge a premium on tickets. If they had separated tickets and jeep fees, I’d have been happier with the overall service here.
  • Great park with about 500 wild elephants. The nature here is so great it is worth every single one of the 3500 LKR you need to pay at the entrance. When taking a safari I would recommend taking a full day tour beginning with sunrise. It is not so hot and you will have plenty of time to just sit and watch nature!
  • Great national park that is luckily not so crowded as some of the other parks in Sri Lanka (I am looking at you Yala!). The large flat scrubby area surrounding the reservoir lends itself for spotting elephants (of which there are supposedly around 1000) and a multitude of birds. We only saw around 6 others jeeps during our afternoon safari.
  • You can have very nice days among wild elephants and with other wild animals. They can give a closer view. Don't be afraid. Just enjoy your life with wild creatures.
  • Outstanding safari. Our driver recommended we take a guide along as we'll and it was very well worth the R1500. We saw so much and had a great time.

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Where to stay in Uda Walawe National Park

Most visitors to Uda Walawe National Park opt to stay in the village of the same name. Here, choose from larger resorts with outdoor pools and onsite fine-dining restaurants, or humbler options, including rustic lodges and small guesthouses. In the park itself, a couple of campgrounds offer diverse outdoor adventuring experiences, with some fairly rudimentary pitches, as well as grander tents and cabins with lots of room and additional facilities.
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