elephant safari uda walawe sri lanka

A Sublime Safari in Sri Lanka (PHOTO ESSAY)

A Sublime Safari in Sri Lanka (PHOTO ESSAY)

elephant safari uda walawe sri lanka

As Sri Lanka’s sixth largest wildlife sanctuary, Udawalawe National Park is a lesser-known alternative for nature buffs who would rather skip the crowds at Yala and enjoy a much more intimate safari experience. Situated just south of the Central Highlands, the park offers some incredible backdrops to large herds of roaming elephant, water buffalo and a multitude of colorful bird species. Established in 1972 as a sanctuary for animals displaced during the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir, the park is now thriving with wildlife.

Spread across 30,821 hectares, Udawalawe Park is home to more than 500 elephants — it’s possible to see a herd of 100 or more at any given time — water buffalo, wildboar, sambur deer, jackal, sloth bear, black-naped hare, mongoose, bandicoot, fox, leopard (rare to see), the endemic toque macaque and gray langers.

Having been on safari in South Africa, this experience was particularly special for us as it stirred fond memories of our time in the bush. The stunning landscapes vary from marsh to scrubland to forest to open grasslands, and wildlife sightings are abound (be sure to go early as the animals are most mobile then).

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  1. This is a wonderful post and pictures. I just got back from Sri lanka and i went to Uda walawe national park it was wonderful. Before arrival we were told that this place is mostly popularfor elephants and birds. Very True. we encountered lots of birds and lot of stories about them from the tour guide provided by the national park.

    Travel Details – Lalia, New Zealand, visited 17th June 2014, Stayed at Pavana Resort Embilipitiya (www.pavanaresort.lk), Driver : Ajith, Tour Guide : Gaminee

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