Kaudulla national park

  • Category: National Parks
  • Distance From Colombo‎: 211 km
  • Mode of Game Drive: Jeep
  • Main Spotter: Elephants
  • Drive Time: 5 h
  • Location: North Central province
  • Availability: All Year
  • Txp: Van, Car, Jeep, Bus
  • Area: 69 km²
  • Best Time To Visit: July and December
  • Accom: Hotel, Luxury Tented, Bungalow
  • Elevation: 95 m above sea level
About Kaudulla national park

The Kaudulla National Park offers excellent opportunities to spot elephants and approach them. In October, the national park populated with up to 250 pachyderms, including some schools of young males. There are also leopards, viverrine cats, sambar, rusty cats (at risk of extinction) and labiate bears. The best time to visit is between January and March, or from May to June when the weather is more unstable.
This park stands on the edge of the ancient Kaudulla Wewa basin, 6 km from the road that leads from Habarana to Trincomalee at the intersection for Gal Oya. It is part of a 66.6 sq km corridor that elephants use to travel between Somawathiya National Park and Minneriya National Park.

What is The Best Time to Visit Kaudulla national park

The best time to visit Kaudulla is between July and December. The Gathering around the water reservoir takes place in the dry season from July to October.

What Animals Can You Spot In Kaudulla national park

The Kaudula National park is home to home to 200+ elephants, Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, chevrotain, wild boar, Sri Lankan leopard, and sloth bear are other mammals found in the Park. Also, the Park is one of the sites in which the slender grey loris reportedly found in Sri Lanka.

Activities Near Kaudulla national park
Closest landmarks
  • Polonnaruwa Archeological Site
  • Kandalama Lake
  • Gal Viharaya
  • Rankoth Vihara Stupa
  • Sigiriya World Heritage Site
  • Kimbissa Buddhist Temple
  • Ramakele Stupa
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Vijaya Dharmaramaya Temple
  • Minneriya National Park

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Sri Lanka’s is home to:

  • 92 species of mammals
  • Over 440 bird species
  • 242 butterfly & 117 dragonfly species
  • A 190 reptiles of which 98 species are of snakes, while the remaining are of mainly lizards, crocodiles and turtles
  • 102 amphibian species
  • 107 species of fish
  • 3210 species of flowering plants!
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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I visit Kaudulla national park?

It is possible to visit the park all year round. The best time to visit Kaudulla is between July and December,is the prime time.

What kind of weather can I expect in Kaudulla national park

The National Park’s annual daily temperature varies between 20.6 C – 34.5 C. and has a dry zone climate. Yearly rainfall ranges 1500 mm – 2000 mm. The rain is mainly from the north-eastern monsoon. Dry weather condition prevails during the period from April–October in the year.

How Many Days Should I Spend at Kaudulla national park

you’re better off going on a 4-hour afternoon safari from 2 to approximately 6 pm as many elephants will venture out to the river for a bath and sip of water.

How is it like on a general Safari Day?

  • Afternoon Game Drive (duration 3-4hrs) – Leaving the Camp between 14:00pm – 15:00pm and returns around 6 pm
  • Do’s and Don’ts

    • Avoid wearing white and other bright colors while on safari
    • Don’t take anything from the park
    • Use water sparingly
    • Never leave your vehicle except at designated get off points where it is permitted to do so

    Whisper at sightings, a loud human voice may disturb animals and cause them to charge their behavior and movements Be conscious of wrappers and other litter flying out of your vehicle Always keep children under strict supervision and never allowed to wonder away Never feed the animals and always keeps a safe distance from them

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