Udawalawe National Park : Srilanka

Uda Walawe is a popular national park because of its Elephants and its proximity to Colombo. The park is a mixture of abandoned Teak plantations, grassland, scrub jungle and riverine 'gallery forest' along the Walawe Ganga and Mau Ara. Uda Walawe is probably the best place to see wild herds of Elephants, consisting of tightly-knit family groups of up to four generations of related adult and sub-adult females and young.

Satinwood, Ebony and Trincomalee Wood trees are present and the river margins are characterised by water loving Kumbuk trees. Endemic birds include the Ceylon Junglefowl, Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Ceylon Woodshrike and Ceylon Swallow. In forested areas Sirkeer and Blue-faced Malkohas are found. Toque Monkey, Hanuman Langur, Spotted Deer, Wild Pig, Black-naped Hare, Ruddy Mongoose and Sambar are likely to be seen. Leopards are present but rarely seen.

From Colombo Airport:
180 Kms 3-4 Hours

The park entrance is on the B 427 between Timbolketiya and Tanamanwila, near the 11 km post. From Colombo take the A8 to Ratnapura, A4 to Pelmadulla and A18 to Timbolketiya. It takes around three and a half hours to drive the 180 km.