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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  • Our 1/2 day Safari, posted about our accommodation nature House in the afternoon was fantastic, we have seen many wild animals and our guide has explained everything wonderfully and gave very big trouble. A very great experience again!
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  • One of the main reasons people go to Sri Lanka is the elephants, here you get to see them in a protected natural environment. The elephants roam free in the national park, unlike other places where th...  more »
  • This was an amazing experience and I'm so pleased we went here. On the day we visited we never saw more that 2 or 3 other jeeps around us and we saw so many elephants. It was truly a wonderful experie...  more »
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  • An inland National Park cluttered with aggressive Jeep so called Safaries. Personally we prefer to admire gentle Elephants in their Natural habitat. Like Lahugala or Panama. Not yet another weird "Orphanange "
  • 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!
  • Dry season so don't expect to see lots of animals. Lots of jeeps chasing each other and very expensive. At the reception a 'guide' wants to hop in: don't accept this since they don't speak English and herass you for a tip afterwards, if you give less then Rs 500 they will act offended and stay until you give them more. Toilets are terrible. All in all not a very good safari, maybe it's better during the rainy season.
  • 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.