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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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