At Udawalawe National Park, 165 km (103 mi) east of Sri Lanka's capitol, explore the sanctuary for wild animals that were once displaced during the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. Established on in 1972, the reserve covers 308 sq km (119 sq mi). Observe one of park's biggest attractions--elephants--along with jungle cats, monkeys, crocodiles, and other wildlife. After taking a safari, visit the orphanage where professional caretakers nurse baby animals and release them into the wild as they reach maturity. Take a look at our Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary maker site to schedule your visit to Udawalawe National Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Udawalawe National Park Tours
Udawalawe National Park Safari trip from Galle/Mirissa/Ella BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $82
Duration: 10 hours
Private Day Tour: Udawalawe National Park Safari From Mirissa BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $60
Duration: 9 hours
Udawalawe National Park Reviews
We were advised that the afternoon drives would be quieter so we arrived in the national park at 3.30pm. There were still lots of jeeps around, far more than I had expected. Despite this we saw severa... more »
We did a 4 hour safari in the afternoon, organised through our accommodation ‘silent bungalows’. We really enjoyed it! We saw elephants up close, including a herd of mothers and babies, all within min... more »
This is the closest national park to Colombo. Around 3-4 hours drive from Colombo. Most common attraction here is the wild elephants. There are deer, wild boar and many birds can be easily seen. Few leopards in here and we are lucky enough to see one. Best time to see the animals are in the early hours from 6.00sm to 11.00am and then after 3.00pm. Few government maintained bungalows inside the park where you able to stay overnight. But facilities in these bungalows are very limited.
A very nice safari. Gotta love the elephants, these magnificent creatures. Bumpy roads but nice view nice nature and many elephants to see. The wait to get in is long and boring but it's definitely worth it, also getting up at 5 o clock let's you see the sun rise
Places to stay near Udawalawe National Park
Plan your trip to Uda Walawe National Park
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Uda Walawe National Park
Plans to Udawalawe National Park by other users
28 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM EGYPT October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ISRAEL January, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Nuwara Eliya BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, romantic, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium