Admire the exuberant wildlife and feel the pulsating power of nature at Udawattekele Sanctuary. See massive trees, curving branches, and lianas hanging causally, with occasional rays of sunshine peeking through the dense forest canopy. Despite its proximity to the suburbs, the sanctuary teems with mammals, insects, and reptiles, while about 80 species of birds attract bird-watchers. Bring your bike and explore the park via its well-maintained network of trails. Other highlights include the Buddhist meditation hermitages and rudimentary shelters scattered throughout the sanctuary. Visit the information center to learn more about the ecosystem and history of the area. Before you visit Kandy, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
Tours to Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy City Tour with Mahaweli BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $28
Duration: 3 to 9 hours
Bird Watching in Udawatte Kele, Kandy From Negombo BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $39
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Go on a Day Tour to Kandy From Negombo. BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $91
Duration: 12 to 14 hours
Udawattekele Sanctuary Reviews
We went to Udawattekele for a walk to escape the busy city setting of Kandy. It’s only a 10-15 min walk from the center of town, so we expected nothing more but a small forest. What we got though was ... more »
Good walk, plenty to see. Our guide said it was about 3km to get around. Liar liar pants on fire, it was at 6 km's. Plenty of monkeys all over the carpark and cars when we finished. more »
Fully surrounded by green nature. Will be ideal for peaceful walk while enjoying the nature. But it would be great if the basic facilities for visitors get upgraded. Went there on 2018. Hope things are better now.
Silent forest in the middle of the country. Walk through the nature and hear the silence of the nature. If you are lucky enough you may see mouse deer and different species of animals.
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