Udawalawe National Park, Sri-lanka

Udawalawe National Park is an important habitat for the elephants and  lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka. About 124 miles from South-east of the capital city.   The national park was established to provide a sanctuary for all wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir and also  to protect the catchment of the reservoir. This is a great place to visit if you are a Safari lover. The safari is a great experience where you get to meet lose elephants face to face, at times, they are charging at Jeeps. This is considered one of the must visit places if you venture in Sri-Lanka. The park tour is a great way to see the elephants, water buffalo, Hawks, deers and other rodents endemic to the area.

Path towards the entrance to the park

Path towards the entrance to the park

 

Entrance to the park

Entrance to the park

You have to hire a guide with a truck. It would cost you around if you are local about 50 cents and about $20.00 if you are a foreigner. One thing I didn’t understand, we both were in the same truck and saw the same park. 🙂 You still have to pay for the guide and the truck separately.

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Going deep inside the park

 

Lake inside the park area

Lake inside the park area

 

herd of Buffalo bathing in the lake

herd of Buffalo bathing in the lake

 

first elephants sight, running away from us

first elephants sight, running away from us

We were told that there are approximately 400 elephants living in the national park. It’s not unusual to see a lot of elephants at any time of the year. They are pretty much everywhere.

More elephants

More elephants

 

Getting really inside the park

Getting really inside the park

 

Changing sceneries in the park

Changing sceneries in the park

 

More elephants

More elephants coming towards us, they were later charging at Us

 

Lake with its dead trees

Lake with its dead trees

 

Our guide who knew a lot about the park

Our guide who knew a lot about the park

 

Our way out of the Park

Our way out of the Park

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