Udawalawe National Park



Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park

One of Sri Lanka’s most popular national parks, Udawalawe National Park was created in 1972 to protect the catchment area around the enormous Udawalawe Reservoir. Spread over an expanse of 300 sq km, the park lies in the dry zone and its landscape consist of scrub jungle, grasslands and an abandoned teak plantation. Although the park harbors a variety of wildlife, ranging from water buffalo and sambar deer to the rarely sighted leopard and sloth bear, it is best known for its large resident population of elephants. Home to about 600 of these pachyderms, Udawalawe is a great place to observe elephants in their natural habitat. The park also supports a thriving population of water birds as well as birds of prey. more