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Uda Walawe Elephants Park - Meet Sri Lanka Wild Life

Duration: Half Day

uda walawe elephants park - meet sri lanka wild life

Located in the Indian Ocean near the southern tip of India, the beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka is renowned for its spectacular wildlife. Hundreds of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and butterflies can be spotted in an incredible variety of habitats. One of the most beautiful animals to be spotted here is the Asian Elephant, which people flock to the island to see year after year. This tour will take you to one of the best places to observe them – Uda Walawe National Park. Watching these magnificent gentle giants roaming free is a magical experience not to be missed.

Located south of the central hills near Embilipitiya, Uda Walawe National Park was established in 1972 to offer a refuge to migratory elephants and orphans, and the park now supports approximately 500 Asian elephants. The extensive area of open parkland makes elephant viewing easier here than anywhere else in Asia. It is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to view large herds of up to 100 or more elephants in the wild, and visitors certainly won’t be disappointed. Watch the babies being bottle fed by keepers, and see them playing and frolicking in the river, streams and tanks with their families. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Uda Walawe, located in Sri Lanka’s dry zone, comprises a huge diversity of habitats, ranging from open grassland, scrubland, lush forest and wetlands, which cover almost 31,000 hectares. Unfortunately, much of the wild habitat in the surrounding area has been lost due to cultivation, so the park has also become a sanctuary for many other animals such as water buffalo, grey langurs, toque monkeys, jungle cats, mongoose, porcupines, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles, water monitor lizards, sambar deer and even the occasional leopard.

Up to 100 endemic and migratory bird species are also likely to be seen in Uda Walawe in a single day, making the reserve a paradise location for bird watchers. Look out for the Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, Black-winged Kite, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Fish Eagle, Painted Stork, Indian Peafowl, Indian Darters and Pied Cuckoo, among others – many of which can be spotted in and around the forests, man-made reservoir and Walawe River. This unforgettable walk on the wild side is a wonderful introduction to Sri Lanka’s endemic creatures.

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