Udawalawe National Park Sri Lanka, lies South of the central hills of the island, and it surrounds the man-made reservoir of Uda Walawe, which is part of the park. It is a mixture of abandoned teak plantation, scrub jungle & grassland. The dry season is best to watch the many herds of elephant that roam the park; which is usually between May & September.
Almost the entire park is covered with tall, reedy Pohon grass, which grows all year round, except during the months of June and October.
Similar to Yala, Uda Walawe is a superb place to watch elephants. An estimated 500 elephants in herds to up to 100 live here. One of the reasons is the elephant-proof fence that surrounds the perimeter of the park, which keeps the elephants in and the cattle (also humans) out.
Safari of Uda Walawe
Apart form Elephants, Uda Walawe National Park is also home to Sambhur, Deer, Jackal and several varieties of birds. A half day Jeep safari will take you around the Park, giving you a wonderful opportunity to view these animals in their natural habitat – an exciting as well as enlightening experience.
Elephant Transit Home
The Elephant Transit Home is located on the border of the Park and this is where orphaned baby Elephants are cared for and then released to roam free in the Park. A safari into Uda Walawe will also provide you with an opportunity to visit this Home and watch the cute baby Elephants being fed.