The Udawalawe National Park

Price Range

2900 - 3500.00


This Udawalawe park is found at the borders of Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces in Sri Lanka . The main purpose of getting a park was to supply a sanctuary to the wild animals that lost their habitat thanks to the development of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. This reserve had been built in the year 1972 and it covers an area of 30,821 hectares. It is a popular destination among the tourists and it is the 3rd most visited place in entire Sri Lanka.
Udawalawe is not only famous for the elephants but also for other animals like leopards as well as various species of birds. It is estimated that there are only 10-12 leopards in this National Park and due to this reason there are very rare chances to spot them.
There are numerous Sri Lankan elephants because of the Udawalawe Reservoir. It is a very important source of water for them. There are approximately 500-700 elephants and so the chances of spotting an elephant are nearly 100%.
There is a rich diversity in Udawalawe. There are 184 birds, 33 reptiles, 43 mammals and also 135 different species of butterflies. Other than leopards and elephants, there are even the chances of spotting water buffaloes, wild boars, crocodiles, peacocks and also spotted deer.



  • Sunday :
  • Monday : 06:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 06:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 06:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 06:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 06:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 06:00 am to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • By Flight : You can take a flight from the Colombo Airport and reach the Dickwella Airport and from there it is only 1-hour ride by taxi to reach to the National Park.
  • By Bus : The journey of the bus will be of about 5 to 6 hours to reach Udawalawe from Colombo. It is preferable to take a bus of Colombo which is bounded to Monaragala. It then stops at the Udawalawe junction.
  • By Private Transport : This is the most comfortable and a direct way to reach Udawalawe National Park from Colombo. A ride of a taxi will take approximately 4 hours to reach to the destination.

1. The Elephant Trail - The National Park is famous for the animals which have been preserved here. The most famous amongst them are the Elephants. You can enjoy a walk along with them and spend time with them. And if you choose to visit between October and January, you might get a chance to see the baby elephanta too.
2. The Safari- You can experience the most splendid life of Sri Lanka by taking a Safari ride. It provides a seamless adventure and every view of it is beautiful. Many Safari Tour Packages are offered at the national park, you can choose the one which suits you best.
3. The Elephant Transit Home- There are many elephants who get injured, sick or orphaned. Elephant Transit Home is a home where these elephants are taken care of until they are fit and fine. Any disease or injuries that an elephant is having is cured. If you choose to visit this place you can observe a group of about 20 to 30 teenage and juvenile pachyderms who are fed overall 4 times in a single day.


Udawalawe National Park, Udawalawa, Sri Lanka

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You have 99% chance to see the Elephants. Udawalawe is the one of best place to see Asian Elephants on earth.
Only 6% of male Asian elephants have tusks, that is why it is rare to spot a tusker in Sri Lanka.
Light clothing in natural colors is best for the safaris. A jumper for the early morning drive can also be useful as sometimes it can be a little chilly. Don’t worry too much about shoes, flip flops will do just fine as you will be in the jeep the whole time.
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