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“Wonderful to see elephants in the wild”

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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This park is home to several hundred elephants and other rare plants and wildlife.
Reviewed 21 May 2015

A great place to see elephants in the wild, being happy and doing their thing. GO here DON'T go to Pinnewala which is known locally as the torture chamber. In Udawalawe the elephants are free to roam and they will come close to the jeep, and you will see lots of babies and pregnant mothers. Look out for the babies moving inside their mother's stomachs! We also saw two leopards one evening, and a single leopard early one morning. Try to get there really early, try to be the first ones in, and you might be lucky and see a shy leopard. Do an afternoon safari too as you can see them emerge shortly before dusk. Of course there are also lots of other wonderful birds and animals to see, try to do as many safaris as you can to give yourself the best chance of a leopard. And the elephants are always entertaining and beautiful.

3  Thank Sally W
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Reviewed 16 May 2015

We went to the Udawalawe National Park, and what a treasure it was. The Park is 30,000 acres devoted to elephants, and the wildlife who co-exist with them. This park limits the actions of tourists in the park to being passengers in a jeep. You cannot touch, or ride the elephants, they lead their natural life in their own herds and you can watch from a distance. I recognise that even our jeep ride has an impact, however, the jeep drives around a small area and the greater area of the park is off limits. Our guide organised a jeep and on arrival at the centre ticket office, we picked up our Park guide. He was very professional, knowledgeable and spoke great English. He not only knew about the elephants in the area in which we were allowed to drive, but knew of the birds and the general history of the area. I also loved that at one point we had obviously annoyed a matriarch by being in her area and he said we had to leave. We spent 3 hours driving around, looking also at other animals as we came across them. It was a great experience and the general impact is minimal.

The cost of the tickets was 2500 LKR, plus taxes plus 7000 LKR for the jeep and 2000 LKR each for the Park Guide and the driver. So for 5 people we paid around 4600 LKR each. The jeep seats 5 passengers plus the guide in the back.

2  Thank Julie D
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Reviewed 11 May 2015

Whilst at the National Park we visited the Elephant Transit Home Orphanage. You can see about 30 elephants being bottle fed. They are all orphans being looked after before they are released back into the wild where they belong. It pulls at the heart strings. You can give a donation to help these beautiful animals.

Thank Tracey T
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Reviewed 9 May 2015

Worth going on a safari through the park. We saw elephants, wild board, variety of birds and other animals. We went to a park where we saw baby elephants being given milk and food. Really beautiful. Must see.

1  Thank Manuel d
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Reviewed 26 April 2015

We visited the Park in the afternoon and had a really lovely time. We saw plenty of elephants, a few meters away from the jeep. This was a very quiet day and we basically saw no other jeep around during the 3 hours we spent in the park.
We spotted also some jackals, buffalos, deers and plenty of birds.

6  Thank Freddes
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