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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  • We really enjoyed our safari with Lahuri. Took a while to see some elephants but finally saw a big group at the end of the tour and really up close. Lahuri was really knowledgable and even helped book...  more »
  • We went to Yale and saw many different animals, but just a few at the time and only a few elephants, which we actually wanted to see many of. Then later we decided to go to Udawalawe, and that was a g...  more »
  • Having regard to the Annual closing of the YALA national park, we have done a safari in Udawalawe. There have certainly do not regret it. We have really many elephants seen (both mature and younger animals). Also many different species of birds seen. The environment is actually even though beautifully. We also had very good luck with the ' ranger '. A patient man who left the animals in their ' rest ' and us time left to enjoy the animals (and of course the necessary pictures).
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  • An incredible experience that truly made us feel like we were on a full blown safari. Every turn we made there was wildlife which made it so exciting. Our guide knew exactly where to be to find the animals and 3 hours flew by. Indian Elephants were hiding close to the tracks everywhere we went and we saw a family taking a bath towards the end of the day. A magical experience and one never to forget.
  • When we're visited, Udawalawe National park was drought. No water for elephants. Had a bike ride from Colombo. started journey early in the morning around 6.30 AM. Once reached there hired a safari jeep. Nice experience. Just missed from Elephant attack. Enjoyed the journey. There is a Sugar factor near by. We have visited there also. Recommended.
  • Such an amazing experience would highly recommend this to everyone! We got to bath the elephant, walk with him, feed him and had some amazing times whilst here! The staff are so friendly and will do anything they can to help!
  • Best park to visit if you love Elephants. There's just sooooo many elephants! Come for the morning safari, and you can wait by the many lakes to catch animals coming to bathe and drink water. It gets quite hot by noon, so remember to pack some extra water.
  • Absolutely loved it!! We had an excellent guide and got to see loads of amazing animals including: several groups of elephants, crocodiles, eagles, monkeys, buffalo and lots of beautiful birds. I would definitely recommend it. There wasn't too many jeeps all at one place do it wasn't too bad.
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