UDA WALAWE NATIONAL PARK
"the one in Sri Lanka not to miss"
With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Uda Walawe National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa.
The park, which centres on the 308.2-sq-km Uda Walawe Reservoir, is lightly vegetated but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy.
It is most famous for the about 400 elephants that live there. During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants–feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many crocodiles, water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.