Udawalawe National Park lies southeast of Colombo and rests at the feet of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. The park’s landscape is similar to the African savannah, with only a light vegetation of grasslands and thorn scrubs. While there is some jungle and riverine forest, very little hampers your wildlife viewing, which includes water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkey, and the odd covert leopard. If you wish to spend time observing wild Asian elephants, then this is an ideal habitat to explore – which is why so many guests visit Udawalawe. There are believed to be 250 wild elephants who have made Udawalawe their home, with a further 200 who roam around. If you are lucky, you might spot a herd of over 100 elephants, which is an incredible sight. An early start (6 am) provides the optimal opportunity for this. If you are a bird enthusiast then you are also in for a treat, as an array of raptors reside in the park.


  • Landscape
  • Wildlife


  • Elephants
  • Leopards & Water Birds
  • Reptiles and fish

Places to Stay

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Style: Lodge

The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is located moments away from Ath Athuru Sevana (a local elephant orphanage). Just five minutes…

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Jetwing Kaduruketha

Style: Resort

Jetwing Kaduruketha is a luxury eco retreat situated within the peaceful village of Wellawaya, and a four hour drive from Colombo.

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