Safaris at Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park

Probably the best national park to see elephants year round – Uda Walawe is named after the large reservoir around which the park is based. Afternoon rounds are best, especially close to the water where elephants come to drink. The open savannah-esque grassland is a favourite habitat for elephant grazing, but an interesting selection of birdlife can also be found, as well as deer, wild boar and buffalo. Although leopards exist in the park, sightings are usually quite rare.

November to March are great months to catch migrant birds, and you will find as many birders as you would tourists seeking elephant sightings. Just don’t get too close to the herds; some elephants can be a bit unpredictable!

“Uda Walawe National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. In fact, for elephant-watching, Uda Walawe often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks.” – Lonely Planet


How much?
What you get?
  • Round Trip Transport
  • Day Trip – Departure 3:30 am
  • Refreshments
Our ‘two cents’!
  • Aim to go for a morning excursion, have lunch and come back. If you are keen on evening excursion then it is advisable to stay overnight.
  • We recommend that you book early, especially if you require a guide.


distance to hotels
136 KM from Cantaloupe Aqua to Udawalawe
140 KM from Cantaloupe Levels to Udawalawe