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“Land of Elephants”

Udawalawe National Park
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Udawalawe National Park Adventure from Galle
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Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safri From Hikkaduwa
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Private Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safari
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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 5 January 2011

It's like entering a whole different Island when you're travelling on the single column road built on a high damn of the Udawalawe Reservoir.

Elephants in the park are so used to the visitors, now they come up to the electric fence to eat the food that's being offered by the people.

But once you're in the park, the one thing that you're assured to witness is lots & lots of Elephants. It's believed that this park houses from 200 - 250 elephants.

Samber Deer, Water Buffalo, Wild Boar & the jackal are among the most prominent of the other animals which could be seen. The sloth bear is a bit hard to find.

There're lots of endemic birds such as Red Faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Red Hornbill & Sri Lankan Junglefowl.

This is the third most visited national park in Sri Lanka.

Sometimes you can experience the adventure of some wild elephants roaring at you or even giving you a little charge after your jeep. I have experienced this twice.

The jeep ride would cost around Rs. 3500 & 6 adults can go in a vehicle. Bargaining is the key when negotiating rates for the jeep.

Thank Aiden44
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Reviewed 16 May 2010

We stayed one night at Mahoora safari camp in Udawalawe National Park in March this year. We booked through Ecoteam of Sri Lanka and can say without doubt that the experience was quite amazing.
The whole of the camp, including our own very comfortable tent, shower, flush toilet, dining table under a canopy overlooking the Walawe Ganga river and eight staff was set up specifically for us, and was taken down on our departure.
We had a chef who cooked us traditional Sri Lankan food including superb curries and who managed to make watalappan for us when we mentioned that we liked it.
We could not have had better service, even getting a phone call from Suresh, the owner to make sure everything was ok.
We had two trips round the park, saw elephants close up, and a large number of different species of birds, mammals and reptiles, including crocodiles, snakes, eagles, owls, hornbills, wild boar, monitor lizards, and the rare jungle cat. Our trips were enhanced by the knowledge and enthusiasm of our guides, especially Sri Lankan scientist Thasun Amarasinghe.
A wonderful way to experience the wildlife of Sri Lanka; great fun and a great learning experience.

10  Thank chris mccall
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Reviewed 1 April 2010

We spent two nights camping in the jungle of the Udawalawe National Park and it was spectacular. The Elephants are the main attraction and you can get up very close, if you've got the right guide but there are also many other animals and birds. You can read the full account of our stay at Udawalawe at our website www.my-sri-lankan-holiday-truths.com/elephant-safari-udawalawe-national-park.htm.

2  Thank abercrb
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Reviewed 4 March 2010

I went to udawalawa last summer and i can say it was one of the best places to see elephants. I stayied at Centuria hotel located in an old village with all modern facilties good food, air-con rooms ,exccelent pool and very friendly staff

1  Thank Philipperry
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Reviewed 3 September 2009

The 4 hour 'jeep safari' was one of our highlights in SL last week. This park can be considered failry bland & flat without many features but all the more easy to spot the heards of wild elephants. We got up close & personal with a few, one just 6 feet away bathing in a shallow pool after a downpour!!! It did it's stuff for 10 minutes or so unconcerned while we watched & then sauntered off into the brush. Great!!!

A spotter joined the 4 of us in the back to point out what we missed. A beautiful hornbeam that obligingly waited until we finished taking photos before flying off, a cobra crossing the scrub, lizzards in adjacent trees, a 10 feet (dead) constrictor snake etc etc. There was very little water so the stop at a scenic spot by the resovior was dissapointing.

A rescue jeep had to be sent when our driver went over a stump disconnecting the track-rodend (unable to steer) The hour long wait for just added to the fun but lucky nothing angry was around.

I suppose If you see nothing on a trip like this, all you remember is being jolted around in an old jeep, baking in the sun. We were lucky so well worth the effort getting here.

1  Thank saxondean
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