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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  • Undoubtedly one of the highlights of our tour. We saw so many animals and birds that it was hard to keep up with. The climax was seeing twelve elephants at a watering hole being moved across in front ...  more »
  • We did an afternoon safari with Lahiru - and he is the ONLY guide you should book! Don't book through your hotel or anywhere else - Lahiru has worked at the national park for 6 years and his knowledge...  more »
  • Whilst we only seen about 1/2 dozen elephants, there was more variety of animals to search for than up at Minneriya, however, if I had to choose I would choose Minneriya. There was plenty of bird life...  more »
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  • Amazing experience. We traveled from Ella. Took a bus from Ella to somewhere in between. From there took another bus to Udawalawe National park. Went inside the park to the main office. They gave us the permit and the tickets. Then we came out and negotiated really hard for a half day. We were 4 people and they charged 16k LKR half day trip. We saw many exotic birds on the way, some peacocks, huge amount of elephants, some crocodiles. They said there were 10 leopards but the sightings were extremely rare so we could not see them. All in all it is huge and nice to visit once. As an Indian I have seen most of there animal offerings a lot in India.
  • Safari in Udawalawe. Hit my expectations about safari like ecology and animal friendly pastime. In the middle of January on the morning safari were more than 200 jeeps! And just 10% of them were full. Mostly there had been just 2 people in 6-seat jeep. Numerous and numerous jeeps. Near each elephant more than 10 jeeps. It's sad.
  • Was on entrance at 5:45am. Gate opened at 6am. We saw many elephants in jungle and on the roads. Some was a group 3-4 elephants (parents and baby). Asked our guide to go close to lake and see elephants on the water. But not lucky. Area around so beautiful: mountains, lakes, jungle. Saw many birds, antelopes, buffalos...
  • Great National Park, we saw lots of wildlife there: peacocks, crocodiles, water buffaloes, monitor lizards, deer and most importantly ELEPHANTS! :) We booked our three hour safari directly with our accommodation for 9.000 rupees for a couple. I think, you may get better deals but we had to take this offer as we were only there for 1 night. Got picked up at 5.30am and reached the park by 6.00am, safari lasted until 9.00am. You will sit in an open jeep so before the sun rises, it may be a bit chilly and windy, so bring something long sleeved, a hat, sunscreen for once the sun is out, and water plus maybe a snack. And of course, don't forget your camera for the elephant selfies! ;)
  • Fantastic and beautiful national park with a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, water buffalo, monkeys, iguanas and many types of birds. Jeeps from local hotels will take you on a 2-3hr tour of the park, and sometimes guides are also provided. Dont be put off by the large numbers of jeeps around the entrance; once you're in the park, the jeeps travel in different directions and you soon feel like you're on your own. A stunning location that is best enjoyed at dawn (6am-9am) or late afternoon (3pm-6pm) when the wildlife is at its most active.
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