Sri Lanka is home to various national parks and Udawalawe National Park is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in the country being the third most visited by locals and tourists alike. Located in the lower regions of the country, it borders the Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, and is home to the Udawalawe reservoir that offers water to the wildlife in this dry and wet zone area of the country. It is home to many of Sri Lanka’s local birds and elephant population with marshes closest to the reservoir, forests and grasslands.
Safaris are often organised to allow tourists to take in the sights of various endemic animals in their natural habitat. Home to over 250 elephants who have been attracted to the reservoir, the socialising of the elephants is one of the best attractions that the park has to offer. You will also be able to spot the likes of the rusty-spotted cat, the Sri Lankan leopard, water buffalo, wild boars, and more when taking the safari through the park. It is also a great bird watching including resident Sri Lankan breeding animals, water birds, land birds, and even birds of prey too. Large varieties of butterflies that are attracted to the resident satin trees have also made their residence here.
Tourists staying along the south coast are able to reach the park easily, while staying in Yala, Hambantota, Tissamahara, or even Tangalle.