Udawalawa National Park
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Udawalawe National Park Safari w Elephant Transit Home Visit

1. Udawalawe National Park Safari w Elephant Transit Home Visit

Explore one of Sri Lanka's best wildlife reserves on this 4x4 Jeep safari tour at Udawalawe National Park. Spot wild animals and interact with baby elephants at the Elephant Transit Home. Enjoy a more convenient trip with hotel pick-up and drop-off. Enter the park via a 4-wheel drive Jeep to start your tour. Spend some time among the amazing wildlife of Sri Lanka and discover the beauty of Udawalawe National Park and its thriving elephant population. Get a chance to see wild buffalos, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boars, sambars, hares, mongoose, crocodiles, and 30 species of snakes. You can also find 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds in the park. Next, stop at the Elephant Transit Home during feeding hours and take a closer look at hundreds of wild elephant babies. The park sustains large numbers of elephants with its abundant water sources. After the thrill of your safari, finish your experience with a return transfer to your pickup location.

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Mirissa or Galle: Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari

2. Mirissa or Galle: Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari

Enjoy a morning pick-up from your hotel in Mirissa or Galle and head for Udawalawe National Park, where you'll switch to an open-topped safari jeep to get the best views. See the animals early in the day at their most active. Pass by herds of elephants and watch for crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalo, a large variety of bird species, and more. Snap some great photos and learn about the wildlife. Sit down to a picnic breakfast later in the morning and then switch back to an air-conditioned car for the ride on to Ella where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

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From Ella: Shuttle to Mirissa/Galle with Udawalawe Safari

3. From Ella: Shuttle to Mirissa/Galle with Udawalawe Safari

After 5:00 AM pick-up from your hotel in Ella, Haputale or Bandarawela, head for Udawalawe National Park, where you'll switch to an open concept safari jeep in order to have the best views. An early morning start ensures you'll see the animals during one of their most active times of day. See herds of elephants for sure and have fun watching for crocodiles, monkeys, water buffaloes, various endemic birds species and much more. Along the way, you'll learn about and observe the natural habitats of the local wildlife while you snap some amazing photos. Later in the morning, enjoy a picnic breakfast. Then, at the end of your 3-hour safari adventure, switch back to the comfortable, air-conditioned car for the ride on to Mirissa where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

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From Ella: Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

4. From Ella: Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

Start the day with a convenient pickup at your hotel and head for the Udawalawe National Park. Situated on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, this will be around a 2-hour drive from Ella. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals, particularly those displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. After arriving at the park, get on board a private jeep to begin the safari with your guide. Get you up close to the amazing attractions at the national park, including elephants, spotted deer, monitor lizards, and sambar deer. Also found are wild boar, the common langur, jackal, toddy cat, and the endemic Toque macaque monkeys. The Udawalawe National Park safari is ideal for all elephant and animal lovers. The wildlife has great diversity and many spectacular animals can be seen while on the safari tour: The Sri Lankan leopard has even been know to roam here.

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1-Day Tour of Both Yala and Udawalawe National Parks

5. 1-Day Tour of Both Yala and Udawalawe National Parks

Start the day with an early morning pickup at 5 AM from your hotel and make your way to Yala National Park, home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Meet your private guide and climb into a sturdy 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy sunrise at the park — the ‘Golden Hours’ of the day — and explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals Following the safari, there will be a picnic lunch before the drive to Udawalawe National Park. Arriving here in the afternoon allows you to explore from 2:30 PM until sunset when the park closes at 6 PM. Search for the world’s most concentrated number of elephants, spotted deer, jackals, wild boar, wild buffalo, crocodiles, and many other animals as your knowledgeable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads.   After the closure of the park, the trip concludes with a drop-off at your hotel.

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From Bentota: Udawalawe Safari, Galle Fort & Unawatuna Beach

6. From Bentota: Udawalawe Safari, Galle Fort & Unawatuna Beach

See wild elephants, crocodiles, and more on a safari in Udawalawe National Park, and discover the historical and cultural history of Galle Fort. Round out the day with a visit to one of the island’s most famous beaches, and learn about exquisite Sri Lankan masks for an activity-filled, full-day tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Bentota or Kalutara in the early morning and drive for around 3.5-hours to Udawalawe National Park. Get up close to spectacular wildlife as you spend 3-hours on a 4x4 jeep safari tour spotting a large array of wild animals in this animal sanctuary. Sightings include wild elephants, crocodiles, jackals, deer, buffalo, and sloth bears. The next stop is Galle Fort, a Dutch fortification and UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the houses, palaces, galleries, restaurants, cafes, and shops in this historically rich town. Take some time to look at the local stores and find typical Sri Lankan handmade products and souvenirs. From here, head to Unawatuna Beach. Enjoy a swim in the warm water or relax on the beach. Discover the cultural heritage of the island at Ambalangoda, a coastal town famous for its mask making. Visit a mask museum and learn about the meaning of these colorful works of art and their role in traditional dance rituals and festivals. Pass by local fishing villages, harbors, and fish markets and be dropped off at your hotel between 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

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Galle/Unawatuna/Mirissa: Udawalawe Safari

7. Galle/Unawatuna/Mirissa: Udawalawe Safari

Your experience begins as you are collected from your centrally located hotel in Galle, Unawatuna, or Mirissa. Following a meet and greet, proceed to the Udawalawe National Park. Upon your arrival to the Udawalawe National Park, you'll spend a thrilling 3 hours taking a safari onboard a Jeep. The Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. An Asian elephant herd consisting of no less than 400 of the animals is permanently residing in the park. The area is capable of sustaining large numbers of elephants, which is primarily thanks to its abundant water sources. Hundreds of elephants annually migrate to the park from nearby protected areas as well. Following your safari, your experience ends as you are transferred back to your hotel in Galle, Unawatuna, or Mirissa.

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Bentota: 2-Day Elephant, Rainforest, and Village Tour

8. Bentota: 2-Day Elephant, Rainforest, and Village Tour

Day 1: You will be picked up at 6:00AM from your hotel in Bentota, from where your English-speaking driver/guide will take you to the Sinharaja Rainforest. You'll travel for about 4 hours from your beach hotel, driving through the beautiful countryside en route to your destination. After checking in to your hotel you will be briefed before your Sinharaja trek, which lasts about 4 hours. From there your nature expert will take you through the forest whilst explaining important things to you along the way. On the same day, you will take a village tour throughout which you will also explore farmlands, lakes, temples, and much more. Day 2: Following an early breakfast you will leave for Udawalawe at 6:00AM, from where you will drive for around 2 hours. Later, enjoy a 3-hour safari at the Udawalawe National Park, following which you will be returned to your accommodation in Bentota.

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Udawalawe: Private Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

9. Udawalawe: Private Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

Your experience begins as you meet your friendly driver at 6:00AM or 2:30PM at your hotel in Udawalawe. From there you will begin your adventure to the Udawalawe National Park. Covering an area of 230,821 hectares, you will explore Udawalawe National Park and its thriving elephant population of approximately 500 elephants. Discover the park's various other wildlife, with wild buffalo, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, sambar, hare, mongoose, crocodiles, and 30 species of snakes that have been recorded. 50 species of butterflies and many types of birds are also found in the park. Have a thrilling experience during your safari tour and take some time to enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. At the conclusion of your exciting safari trip, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Sri Lanka: 6-Day Adventure Tour

10. Sri Lanka: 6-Day Adventure Tour

Spend an adventure-filled 6 days in Sri Lanka, discovering the island’s natural wonders and engaging in a number of activities in the jungle and rainforest, on rivers and wetlands, and in a national park that’s a game reserve. You’ll stay in 3 or 5-star accommodation and enjoy daily breakfast and dinner, as well as travelling around the island in air-conditioned comfort. Days 1 and 2: Arrival/Kitulgala You’ll be met on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport by a representative and transferred to your eco-hotel in Kitulgala. Spend a relaxing night in the Kitulgala jungle near the Kelaniya River. Enjoy a BBQ dinner with the sound of the roaring river in the background. On the next day, you’ll experience 5 kilometers of white-water rafting on the picturesque Kelani River, which features 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. Nature lovers and bird watchers will be rewarded with sightings of the Crested Serpent Eagle, the Ceylon Spur Fowl, the Ceylon Hanging Parrot, and the Layard's Parakeet. As you trek in the Kitulgala Forest Reserve you’ll come across spectacular hidden waterfalls. Enjoy a cool dip in a stream. Overnight in Kitulgala. Kayaking is another popular adrenaline pumping activity in Kitulgala and it is one of the perfect ways of exploring the rich fauna and flora of Kitulgala. There are several places in the area where you can have a memorable kayaking experience. You can also try your hand at a spot of birdwatching and explore the rich natural wealth of the rainforest from your kayaking boat. Day 3: Kitulgala/Sinharaja Leave in the morning for Sinharaja, the last remaining rainforest in Sri Lanka. You’ll trek with a trained forest explorer and experience the untamed wilderness of a natural rainforest. Overnight in Sinharaja. Day 4: Sinharaja/Udawalawe After breakfast leave for the hotel in Udwalawe, where you will enjoy a safari tour by jeep, accompanied by a jungle tracker. You’ll be on the lookout for elephants, bears, deer, monkeys, and maybe spot some leopards too. Overnight in Udawalawe. Day 5: Udawalawe/Bentota Have breakfast at the hotel before departing for a beach hotel in Bentota/Hikkaduwa. Along the way, you’ll stop in Galle, the best-preserved colonial city on the island. Galle is one of Sri Lanka’s ancient seaports and was an anchor point for the Silk Route. The Portuguese later built a fortress on the site and the Dutch fortified it further. Today the fortress is a World Heritage Site. Visit a turtle hatchery that was set up to protect and replenish the turtles that have been nearing extinction. Eggs are gathered and hatched in enclosed areas where the birds can’t reach them. A couple of days after hatching the babies are let out into the sea at night, offering them the best chance of survival. Later you’ll explore the natural wealth of the Maduganga River by motorboat, and see the islands in the wetlands that are largely inaccessible by road. Overnight in Bentota. Day 6: Bentota/Colombo After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll depart for the airport with a stop to visit Colombo. Enjoy a tour of the city’s top sites, and spend some time shopping before heading to Bandaranaike International Airport for your departing flight.

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What people are saying about Udawalawa National Park

I chose this program because I saw in the advertisement, that there are hundreds of elephants in this national parc. Unfortunately the weather was too rainy, lets say stormy on that day and because of this reason I could not see so many elephants. This program was scheduled in the afternoon and how I' ve just mentioned before, it was raining. But in the morning was sunny, so why I was disappointed, that why the agency did not organize this trip in the morning, instead of the afternoon. I know, you can never count with the weather, but if they check the weather forecast before, they could have seen that in the morning was sunny and in the afternoon was between 80 to 100 % chance to rain ... I was the only person on this tour, and I was available in the morning too, so I don't understand why the agency did not recommend to me this tour in the morning.

Our guide, Dinuka, was superb! He did everything to make sure my mom and I were taken care of, entertained and getting a good value for our tickets. He got us local fruits and snacks on the way, told us a bunch of interesting facts on the way to and from the park, and was an expert in identifying all the amazing animals we saw. We even got to feed bananas to an elephant outside the park! 10/10

We got to see alot on this tour and had great experiences. Our driver Silva was very nice to us and helpfull. There is quite alot of driving on this tour so that is good to know on beforehand.

Great tour with driver Silva - I especially liked the Sinharaja rainforest and Udalawawe National Park! Hotels well chosen - except for a minor incident.