A Visit to Udawalawe National Park, adding a little adventure to your trip

Image: Hemantha Fernando | Fine Art America

If you are hoping to combine adventure and leisure, visiting a national park to see wildlife and enjoy beautiful natural scenery is one of the best choices.

Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka. The environment surrounding the reservoir includes beautiful marshlands, forests, grasslands and the Walawe river and its branches. Magnificiant Udawalawe reservoir is a great place to watch the sunset. The view is spectacular. Udawalawe dam was built across the Walawe river to construct Udawalawe reservoir. It is located 5 km from Udawalawe junction towards Thanamalvila. The road runs along the dam.

During dry season, the water levels are very low. The deep blue waters of the reservoir with mountains as the background is awe-inspiring. Udawalawe is undeniably one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants throughout the year. There are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in large herds. The dry season, which usually occurs between the months of May and September, is the ideal time to visit Udawalawe.

The chances of witnessing a herd of Sri Lankan elephants or extremely rare majestic tuskers is high, particularly near rivers and the reservoir of Udawalawe. It will give the visitors an unforgettable experience. You would never think that you could get so close to the wildlife in their natural habitats.

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The scenery here is stunning. It is indeed a paradise for photographers. Late evenings are most popular time among photographers as it gives photographic opportunities in the background of divine sunsets.

The roads in the park are a bit rough and bumpy, but that too add a fun experience to the wonderful visit.

You can find Sri Lankan elephants at the Minneriya National Park and the Millennium Elephant Foundation.

Udawalawe National Park is located less than 5 hours away from Nuwara Eliya. Choose to stay at Langdale, one of our bungalows in Nuwara Eliya, and enjoy a luxurious holiday complete with an excursion to Udawalawe.