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Udawalawe National Park

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5.00/5 - (2 Votes)

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Sri Lanka

Opening Hours

6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Varies

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5.00/5 - (2 Votes)
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Krishan
Local tour guide
"When visiting Udawalawe National Park from Galle, make sure to take an early morning safari to catch the elephants while they're most active and the park is less crowded. Additionally, book a guide who is knowledgeable about the park's diverse ecosystems to enhance your experience with insider stories and the best spots for wildlife sightings."

What is Udawalawe National Park?

Udawalawe National Park is a renowned wildlife sanctuary located in Galle, Sri Lanka. Situated amidst the stunning landscapes of the southern region, the park spans over 30,000 hectares and offers an incredible opportunity to observe an abundance of exotic wildlife in their natural habitat.

History of Udawalawe National Park, Galle

The history of Udawalawe National Park dates back to the 1970s when it was established as a protected area to provide refuge for the displaced wildlife due to the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir. The park was officially declared a national park in 1972, and since then, it has been a cherished destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

When planning your tours in Galle don't forget to visit Udawalawe National Park.

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Why is Udawalawe National Park Important?

Udawalawe National Park holds significant importance for Sri Lanka and its conservation efforts. The park serves as a vital habitat for diverse wildlife species, including elephants, leopards, crocodiles, water buffalo, and a variety of bird species. It plays a crucial role in preserving the country's precious biodiversity and contributing to the overall ecological balance.

Things to do & see at Udawalawe National Park

  • Wildlife Safaris: Embark on an unforgettable wildlife safari in Udawalawe National Park, where you can witness the majestic elephants in their natural habitat. The park boasts a large population of elephants, and visitors have the opportunity to observe them up close.

  • Birdwatching: With over 180 species of birds, Udawalawe National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers. Spot vibrant and rare bird species, including the Sri Lanka junglefowl, brahminy kite, and painted stork.

  • Photography: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Udawalawe National Park. From elephants bathing in waterholes to leopards stealthily roaming the forests, every moment is a perfect opportunity for photography enthusiasts.

  • Nature Trails: Explore the park's scenic nature trails and immerse yourself in the beauty of its diverse flora and fauna. Marvel at the vibrant flowers, towering trees, and spot elusive wildlife along the way.

  • Elephant Transit Home: Visit the Elephant Transit Home, located within the park, to learn about the conservation efforts for orphaned and injured elephants. Witness these gentle giants being cared for and rehabilitated before their release back into the wild.

Udawalawe National Park is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

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Its captivating landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, and unforgettable experiences make it an ideal destination for those seeking an adventurous and immersive journey into Sri Lanka's natural wonders.

Frequently asked questions

Where is Udawalawe National Park located in Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park is located in the southern part of Sri Lanka, in the Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces. It covers an area of approximately 30,821 acres (12,500 hectares).

What is the main attraction of Udawalawe National Park?

The main attraction of Udawalawe National Park is its thriving population of wild Asian elephants. Visitors can observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, along with various other wildlife species such as buffalo, leopards, deer, and a variety of bird species.

Is it possible to go on a safari in Udawalawe National Park?

Yes, visitors can go on jeep safaris in Udawalawe National Park to explore the park's diverse ecosystems and wildlife. Guided safaris are available, and knowledgeable guides help visitors spot and learn about the park's wildlife.

What is the best time to visit Udawalawe National Park for wildlife sightings?

The dry season from May to September is considered the best time to visit Udawalawe National Park. During this period, animals gather around the park's water sources, making it easier to spot them.

Are there any ethical guidelines for visiting Udawalawe National Park to protect the wildlife?

Yes, visitors are encouraged to follow ethical guidelines, such as maintaining a safe distance from the animals, refraining from feeding them, and not disturbing their natural behavior. These guidelines help protect both the wildlife and visitors.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Sri Lanka

Opening Hours

6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

Find it on google maps