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  • Address: Sri Lanka
  • Admission: Half-day guided jeep safaris range widely in price.

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Udawalawe National Park Tours

Wildlife abounds in southern Sri Lanka’s Udawalawe National Park. Here, open-top jeep safaris bring visitors within close range of members of the park’s resident elephant population — some say it’s the country’s largest, with as many as 400 individuals. The park is centered around a massive man-made reservoir, which displaced hundreds of hectares when it was created in the 1970s but now draws wild buffaloes, sambar deer, crocodiles, jackals, macaques, leopards and flocks of water birds. Udawalawe’s dry weather and short, grassy vegetation provides an ideal setting for viewing these creatures.

Most park visitors arrive via an organized tour; only official vehicles and those with park-licensed guides are allowed to explore the park. For an extended stay and a greater chance of seeing some of the park’s rarer critters, visitors can also opt to stay in onsite accommodations, which include four campsites and bungalows ranging from plain rustic to rustic chic.

Just outside the park, the ETH, or Elephant Transit Home, is a popular stop often combined with a trip to Udawalawe — there, baby elephants, orphaned by the ivory trade, are rehabilitated and released to join the park’s population.

Practical Info

The park is located 125 miles south of the capital city of Colombo; its entrance is near the seven-mile (11-kilometer) post between Timbolketiya and Thanamalwila on Pelmadulla-Timbolketiya A18 road. The best time to visit is just after dawn and before dusk, when the animals are most active. The last park tickets are sold around 5 p.m.

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Udawalawe National Park Adventure from Galle, Galle, null
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Udawalawe National Park Adventure from Galle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Get away from Galle for the day and explore Udawalawe National Park as a private tour on this full-day tour by Safari Jeep. Udawalawe is an important habitat ...  Read more

Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safri From Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa, Safaris
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Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safri From Hikkaduwa

Udawalawe National Park, the sixth largest animal sanctuary of Sri Lanka, is located 112 miles (180 km) from Colombo in south-central sector of the island. The ...  Read more

Location: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.00
Private Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safari, Sri Lanka, Private Day Trips
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Private Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Udawalawe National Park, the sixth largest animal sanctuary of Sri Lanka, is located 112 miles (180 km) from Colombo in south-central sector of the island. The ...  Read more

Location: Udawalawa, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.00
Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safri From Bentota, Bentota, Full-day Tours
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Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safri From Bentota

Udawalawe National Park, the sixth largest animal sanctuary of Sri Lanka, is located 112 miles (180 km) from Colombo in south-central sector of the island. The ...  Read more

Location: Bentota, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.00
Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safri From Galle, Galle, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safri From Galle

Udawalawe National Park, the sixth largest animal sanctuary of Sri Lanka, is located 112 miles (180 km) from Colombo in south-central sector of the island. The ...  Read more

Location: Galle, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.00
Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safari From Tangalle, Galle, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safari From Tangalle

Udawalawe National Park, the sixth largest animal sanctuary of Sri Lanka, is located 112 miles (180 km) from Colombo in south-central sector of the island. The ...  Read more

Location: Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Travel to Ella from Galle with Udawalawe national park safari on the way, Colombo, Private ... 
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Travel to Ella from Galle with Udawalawe national park safari on the way

Are you Looking forward to Travel Ella from Galle or nearby area, thisi is the best way to do that. start in the morning from Galle and visit  ...  Read more

Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safari From Mirissa, Southern Province, Private Day Trips
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Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safari From Mirissa

Udawalawe National Park, the sixth largest animal sanctuary of Sri Lanka, is located 112 miles (180 km) from Colombo in south-central sector of the island. The ...  Read more

Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.00
All-Inclusive Udawalawe Mahoora Tented Safari Camp, Sri Lanka, Safaris
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All-Inclusive Udawalawe Mahoora Tented Safari Camp

Why should you book this trip? The Udawalawe National Park is the only place in the world where an elephant sighting is guaranteed on every game drive. ...  Read more

Location: Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $380.00
Day Excursions To Udawalawe From Galle, Galle, Overnight Tours
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Day Excursions To Udawalawe From Galle

Your Friendly driver will Pick you up From Your Hotel at 0800 hrs & Proceed To Udawalawe.

Location: Galle, Sri Lanka
Duration: 8 to 10 hrs

From USD $82.75

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