Udawalawe National Park

  • Category: National Park
  • Distance From Colombo‎: 167 kms
  • Mode of Game Drive: Jeep
  • Main Spotter: Elephants
  • Drive Time: 3 to 4 H
  • Location: Sabaragamuwa and Uva
  • Availability: All Year
  • Txp: Van, Car, Jeep, Bus
  • Area: 308.21 km²
  • Best Time To Visit: November to March.
  • Accom: Hotel, Luxury Tented, Bungalow
  • Elevation: 100 mt above sea level

About Udawalawe National Park

Framed from the imposing highlands on the northern border, the Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places to the world in which to observe the wild elephants. Composed for the more from grasslands and forests of bushes, it is also one of the best national parks of Sri Lanka in which to sight, besides the elephants, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Jackal, Samber, Water Buffalo, Black-naped Hare, the endemic Toque Macaque, and Gray Langers.
If lucky, you can also see Leopard and some of the other smaller cats like Fishing cat & Jungle cat.

Besides the elephants, other animals of the house to the Udawalawe National Park are the sambar, the wild (even if the greatest part of the present samples in the park they are domestic) buffalo the mongooses, the jackal, they launch bandaged, the crocodile, the labiate bear, and some leopard. They are beside there 30 varieties of snakes and a big number of permanent (210 kinds to the last survey) birds to which between November and April those migratory are added.

What is The Best Time to visit Udawalawe National Park

There is no fixed time in the year to visit Udawalawe National Park because all the animals can be seen at any time of the year including leopards.
The dry season in this area lasts from May through September. During the dry season, the probability to spot Elephants increases as they gather near bodies of water. October and November are the wettest months. instead, if you want to spot baby Elephants, come from October to January during the rainy season when most births are occurring.

What Animals Can You Spot In Udawalawe National Park?

Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places in the world to observe wild elephants. Elephants are the main attraction of Uda Walawe: here are approximately 500-700 elephants and so the chances of spotting an elephant are nearly 100%.
In addition to Elephants, wild Buffaloes, Bambar, Bellied Deer, giant Indian Squirrels, and the Mongoose, the jackal, the banded Varanus, the crocodile, the sloth bear, and some leopards. There are also 30 varieties of snakes and a large number of resident birds (210 species at the last survey) to which migratory birds are added between November and April.

Elephant Transit Home

The complex, which avails itself of the support of the Born Free Foundation, also welcomes the orphaned Pachyderms. After a period of rehabilitation, the Elephants are brought back to the forest, and many of them find refuge in the Uda Walawe National Park. It is not allowed to approach the animals, but watching the meal is an exciting and fun experience. Orphans receive milk daily, every 3 hours at 9 am, noon, 3 pm, and 6 pm, and the home is open to visitors during these specific times.

 Avoid visiting on weekends and during school holidays, as the crowd can be very unbearable and make sure to arrive 15-20 minutes before feeding time.

Activities Near Udawalawe National Park
Closest landmarks
  • Elephant Transit Home
  • Udawalawa Dam
  • Ridiyagama Safari
  • Morning Side - Sooriyakanda
  • Sankhapala Temple
  • Waulpane Limestone Caves

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Sri Lanka’s is home to:

  • 92 species of mammals
  • Over 440 bird species
  • 242 butterfly & 117 dragonfly species
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  • 102 amphibian species
  • 107 species of fish
  • 3210 species of flowering plants!
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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I visit Udawalawe?

The best time to visit Udawalawe National Park is The dry season of the region is between May and September. When the elephants gather near bodies of water.

What kind of weather can I expect in Udawalawe?

Yala National Park is Situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka the climate is hot and occasionally humid, and The mean annual temperature is Min 27°C / 80.6°F and although in the dry season temperatures can reach Max 37°C / 98.6°F.

How Many Days Should I Spend at Udawalawe?

Ideally, you should spend at least 2 nights in Udawalawe to get the best, This would give you an opportunity to visit some of the less frequently visited sections of the park away from the normal tracks which we like to do.

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
  • Morning Game Drive (duration 4-5hrs) – Morning Game Drive Leaving the Camp at 06:00am and returning around 11 am
  • Full-day Safari (duration 12+hrs) – Leaving the Camp at 06:00am and Returning to Camp by 06:00pm with breakfast, lunch & refreshments on board.

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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