Kaudulla National Park
Kaudulla National Park at the historical Kaudulla reservoir is situaded just north of Minneriya National Park, at the other side of A11 Anuradhapura-Polonnaruwa main road. Along with the tanks of Minneriya and Giritale, Kaudulla forms an important bird area in Sri Lanka’s dry zone and a part of the island’s most important elephant corridor. Sri Lanka’s famous wild elephant gathering sometimes takes place in Kaudulla instead of Minneriya National Park. Many plant and grass species grow well during the rainy season, due to the tank there is enough water and fresh plants for wild mammals even in the dry period. Kaudulla National Park harbours 24 mammal, 25 reptile, 26 fish, and 160 bird species. Kaudulla is one of the sites where the Gray Slender Loris was sighted and Sri Lanka’s only National Park where an albino Axis deer has been found. The vegetation of the park is mainly Sri Lanka's evergreen dry forests.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dry zone south
Yala NP camping-safari
Bundala NP bird watching
Kumana NP birds and wildlife
Okanda village life and beach
Rufus Kulam remote lake
Lahugala NP with heritage site
Gal Oya NP lakeside wildlife
Udawalawe NP wild elephants
Ussangoda serpentine rock
Dry zone north
Minneriya NP elephant gathering
Kaudulla NP elephant gathering
Habarana oxcart excursions
Nelumpure authentic village life
Mihintale ancient sanctuary
Namal Uyana ironwood sanctuary
Rasvehera monastery and wildlife
Tabbowe lake near Wilpattu NP
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
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At the end of the local rainy season elephants from the north-eastern regions in and around Trincomalee District migrate southwards in search for water ressources. They cross Kaudulla National Park and settle down in Minneriya or Wasgomuwa National Parks during the hottest time of the dry season, between July and October. But in October or November they migrate back to the north-east and on their way stay for a while close to the Kaudulla reservoir. So for a few weeks Kaudulla instead of Minneriya is the setting of Sri Lanka’s “elephant gathering”, a seasonal herd of Asian elephants of numbers unmatched anywhere else in the world. However, wild elepants are not as numerous as at Minneriya tank in the months before.
Local guides and even many guest house owners in Habarana or Sigiriya know where the elephant gathering takes place at any given time. The best time of the day to observe big herds is the late afternoon.
The accommodations closest to Kaudulla National Park are located in Habarana. But half-day excusions could also be launched from Sigiriya or Dambulla in the south-west or Giritale or Polonnaruwa in the south-east. For our village-life guests in Nelumpure a safari in Kaudulla or Minneriya National Parks is easily managable, too.
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