Udawalawe National Park
A Refuge for Exotic Species
The Udawalawe National Park is located approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Tangalle, making it a great base to embark on an exciting safari adventure. The national park is set on the boundaries of Sri Lanka’s Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces, the dry zone of the country. While the park was initially constructed as a refuge for wildlife displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir, the park is now home to a variety of exotic species, including the gentle giants of Sri Lanka – the elephant. Herds of elephants are commonly spotted during a safari adventure. Some of the park’s other inhabitants include the rusty-spotted cat, the sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, wild boar, water buffalo, Asian palm civet, Toque macaque and a variety of other mammals, birds, reptiles and more!
Ideal Time to Go Exploring
The best time to start your safari is early in the morning or during the late evening, as this is the optimum time to spot the largest residents of the national park, like the elephants. When the sun’s not directly overhead and it’s not too hot, herds of elephants and other animals generally wander and graze in the open plains, which makes for a rather successful safari. Visit Udalawe National Park at any time of the year to spot Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beasts!