Udawalawe National Park

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The southeast of Sri Lanka is home to the well-known wildlife sanctuary which is the Udawalawe National Park. With a total area of about 308 square kilometers (119 square miles), the park is renowned for its variety of species, diverse ecosystems, and the Udawalawe Reservoir, which serves as the landscape’s centering point. The park was created in 1972 with the main goal of giving Sri Lankan elephants that had been driven out by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir a safe habitat. 

Udawalawe National Park can mainly be explored on jeep safaris. The park offers morning and afternoon safari excursions that give guests the chance to see wildlife, take pictures, and learn from knowledgeable guides about the area’s ecosystems. Visitors can see sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boar, water buffaloes, jackals, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species, making it a favorite site for bird watchers. Delux Holidays is here to make your holiday to Udawalawe exceptional! Contact Tour Operator to Sri Lanka – Delux Holidays to visit Udawalawe.


Udawalawe National Park is well-known for being a home to several Sri Lankan elephants. It’s one of the best locations in the nation to see these magnificent animals in their native environment. Elephants are frequently observed near the reservoir and grassy areas bathing, feeding, and socializing in groups. Roaming in large herds, elephants take the spotlight as the primary draw of Udawalawe, making this park an ideal destination for an intimate encounter with these majestic creatures.

Visiting Udawalawe National Park is generally safe, but it’s crucial to prioritize safety and follow established guidelines. When exploring the park on a safari, always listen to the experienced tour guides who accompany you, stay in the designated safari vehicles, and maintain a respectful distance from the wildlife to prevent disturbances. By following the safety measures and respecting the park’s regulations, you can enjoy a secure and enjoyable experience while contributing to wildlife conservation efforts.

Udawalawe National Park is usually open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM; however, it’s important to note that these hours can vary depending on the season and park regulations. The park authorities may adjust opening and closing times, especially during extreme weather conditions or special circumstances. It’s recommended to check with the park authorities or your tour operator for the most up-to-date information regarding operating hours during your planned visit to ensure a smooth and enjoyable safari experience.

When visiting the Udawalawe National Park, it’s recommended to be prepared by bringing along some key items. Ensure you have sunscreen and a hat to shield yourself from the sun, insect repellent, and enough of water to stay hydrated during your safari adventure. Don’t forget your camera to capture the breathtaking wildlife moments you’ll encounter and create memories. Dress comfortably in light, breathable clothing suitable for the tropical climate. 

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