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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  • Early on safari. Retrieved with a jeep. Seats are high chairs with unobstructed views. Too bad the driver doesn't speak English for info on the go! At the hotel they said afterwards that we had a guide. Nice quiet drive with elephants, buffalos, crocodiles and all kinds of birds.
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  • Lots to see here though the tracks are extremely rough. Elephants, deer , lots of water buffalo and birds. Not as busy as Yala so that's a bonus.  more »
  • We visited national park in the afternoon for about 3 hours. We saw not only beautiful nature, but really a lot of elephants, including the monthly juvenile, crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, a lot of species of birds, water buffaloes, too ... Uniquely memorable experience. The Guide and the driver of our jeep always pointed out to us where to go, stopping on good places and the overall contribution to our satisfaction. If you want to see in Sri Lanka the animals, head over here and leave the place where the elephants will meet choke chain.
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  • Amazing experience! Definitely a must see. We were lucky enough to see a herd of elephants up close, as well as different birds, buffalo, crocodiles. Take the afternoon trip, the sunset over the park is extremely beautiful. Entrance fee is around 2000 rupees per Person.
  • The experience was overall quite ok, but not fantastic. The park was busy with jeeps racing through the 'streets', probably chasing away the animals we didn't see. We however did see some elephants, a few crocodiles, some birds and a monitor lizard, which made our tour worthwhile. Not comparable to many African national parks where you can see the animals in their natural habitat, less disturbed by tourists.
  • Visited on 12th of December. Best time of the year for the park. Everything is green. Lakes are filled. Saw lot of elephants, Spotted Deer, Buffalo, Crocodiles, Lot of birds including Sea eagles and peacocks and bea eaters
  • Didn't know you could get so close to elephants in the wild without then freaking out. What a lovely experience.
  • I really liked the park it was beautiful although it's NOT worth going in the dry season (October!) or any time other than the evening, you won't see many animals! Better go some other time or up to Minneriya/Kaudulla that time of the year!