Udawalawe National Park
This national park is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city. The 30,821 hectare dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C. It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds – adults and young, feeding and bathing or playing in the water!
Two of the most striking features within the “Udawalawa” National Park, which fall within the “Sabaragamuwa” and “Uva Provinces”, are “Udawalawa” Reservoir and “Walawe” river. The scenic beauty of the mountain ranges that keep on winding endlessly on the Balangoda, Kalthota and Haputale escarpments surrounds the park.
A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders this protected reserve has to offer, and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.
What else to see at Udawalawe
Deer species such as spotted deer, sambhur, monkeys, barking deer and langur, along with wild boar, water buffalo, water monitor lizards, jackal and leopard are some of the prominent wild animals found in this park.
This will be an unforgettable bird watching experience as “Udawalawa” is one of the best parks for bird watching too. The endemic species of bird called Red Faced Malkoha has its favorite habitat in the 192 square km parkland. Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket Tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White Necked Storks, Open Bills, Ibis, Shama – The forest Nightingale Stork Billed King Fishers and peacocks are found in fair numbers. Among the migrant birds are the forest wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns.
To a botanist this is indeed a land of plenty. Among the flora are species of forest trees like Satin, Halmilla, Ebony, Milla and Palu. Two species of forest trees that are not met with in other parks are Daminiya and Mandorans.