Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park lies halfway between the south coast and the highlands, in the dry zone and transitional zone to the nearby wet zone. This national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild elephants displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir and for securing their habitat after it had already been reduced by the steady spreading of farmland area. The National Park covers more than 30,000 hectares. 21 fish species, 12 amphibian species and 33 reptile species have been recorded in the park. 135 species of butterfliy species are among the invertebrates found in Udawalawe. Among the 43 mammal species, the main attraction is the dense elephant population, but Udawalawe is interesting for birdwatchers, too, 151 breeding bird species and 33 migratory species occur in Udawalawe.
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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destination: Uda Walawe
Uda Walawe offers elephant guarantee. This is why it is the third most visited national park of Sri Lanka. You will see wild elephants in many small groups of half a dozen or a dozen females and babies and juvenile males. Groups of adult male elephants are smaller. Old tuskers are often singled out.
The elephants can come very close to the open jeeps, be aware, they are wild and not used to being touched.
Wild boars and jackals can be spotted occasionally, leopards occur, but will usually not be seen. Besides elephants, spotted deer are quite common in Udawalawe. Because of the Walawe reservoir this National Park is an important habitat for water birds, too, and chances to observe eagles are good.
Jeeps for half-day excursions are available at the park entrance near the ticket office. Accommodation is provided in simple guest houses along the access road, a better hotel is in Embilipitiya.
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