Size        30,821 hectares

Main attractions

Large herds of Elephants, spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Bow, Crocodiles, Water Buffalo, Peacocks and many migratory birds.

Udawalawe National Park straddles the Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces and includes the Udawalawe Reservoir, together with much of its catchment area. Its altitudes range from about 330 ft. (100m) on the plains to 1225 ft. (373m) at the top of Ulgala, the highest point within the park. The park is surrounded by cultivated land.

Located in the Dry Zone Udawalawe comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs. Best time to see Elephants in park is the early morning and late evening. The park opens at 6 am. It is best to be at the gate by this time. In this park you will never come out without seeing some elephants. If you are lucky you might see herds over 100 elephants.

There are four Wildlife Department circuit bungalows within the park, located at Thimbirigasmankada, Veheragolla, Sinuggala and Gonaviddagala. All these bungalows, which can accommodate upto ten persons each, are located near major water sources which provide better opportunities of viewing elephants. Additionally, two campsites are available for occupation at Pansadhara and Aliwadiya.

To me the best one is the “Thimbiriyamankada bungalow”. Made completely out of wood This offers a excellent experience of a wildlife sanctuary. If you like more luxury you can book the “Veheragolla Bungalow”.