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. Arrange to visit Udawalawe National Park and other attractions in Uda Walawe National Park using our Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary builder.
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  • I would just like to say the park was great, we had good interaction with the elephants, saw some toucans and other great wildlife. The disappointing part of the tour is when the guide ask for money a...  more »
  • We had a lovely half day jeep excursion through the park and saw many beautiful ellephants. Our guides and driver were knowledgable and reliable. While watching a single female I was so mesmerized by ...  more »
  • The key is picking the right guide. I think it's a bit of luck I'm afraid. We got lucky I guess. If you can't take the risk best to do the cheapest way - that way the sting wouldn't be so bad.  more »
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  • Its one of the Best places to enjoy some wild life... There is a lot of rare animals and they are in the natural state. so if your interested in looking how they spend the time how they hunt what they look like in the real state it's a good place to watch them... And also there are places with beautiful views. And village type food is really nice... specially the village fish... The weather is nice in the morning and evening but day time its a bit warm. The best time to watch wild life inside the park is at about 6.00 am and then in the evening because they normally rest in the day time because of the hot sun. And in the evening they come out again. But the park closes at 6.00 pm for safety and other reasons.
  • The national park is a bit difficult to review, as the experience highly depends on the Safari company. In general, the park was very impressive for us. Our first Safari experience, and it was really interesting to see the peaceful land with the animals living there. The way the park is organized could be much improved. Countless Safari jeeps from all kinds of different companies were driving through the paths, most cars with only two guests. Our tour was organized by the hotel with two drivers (getting to the park and then for the Jeep). Both were really nice, but didn't tell us much more than the names of the animals we saw. It would be so much more useful if the park would fill up the jeeps and put a professional guide into each car. That would greatly reduce the number of cars and improve the overall experience. Our driver managed to drive some less common paths, so we mostly avoided the many other jeeps in the park. He also spent enough time with the motor switched off near the animals, so that we could really get a good look and hear the sounds as well. We saw plenty of elephants, peacocks, birds and a few other animals like turtles. Overall a great experience, which depends mostly on the Safari company but could be organized much better by the park.
  • using safari jeeps (cost Rs. 3000 for 3 hours/ 6 -8 people) recommended. Entrance fee (Rs 90/ per local) will come to Rs.850 with all other chargers. We started safari around 10AM. Elephants, peacocks, wild buffaloes, crocodiles, deers, eagles could be seen.
  • Magnificent place teeming with elephants, crocodiles, birds of prey and monkeys - what's not to like! Stunning scenery and a beautiful mountain backdrop to most photos.
  • Real experience of seeing hundreds of peacocks. Elephants Crocodiles Turtles and many more animals live on this National park. Safari riders are giving us a thrilling experience by making us very closer to Giant Elephants.