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Udawalawa National Park: Tours & Tickets


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From Ella: Shuttle to Mirissa/Galle with Udawalawe Safari

1. From Ella: Shuttle to Mirissa/Galle with Udawalawe Safari

After 5:00 AM pick-up from your hotel in Ella, Haputale or Bandarawela, head for Udawalawe National Park, where you'll switch to an open concept safari jeep in order to have the best views. An early morning start ensures you'll see the animals during one of their most active times of day. See herds of elephants for sure and have fun watching for crocodiles, monkeys, water buffaloes, various endemic birds species and much more. Along the way, you'll learn about and observe the natural habitats of the local wildlife while you snap some amazing photos. In the Morning/Afternoon, enjoy a packed meal. Then, at the end of your 3-hour safari adventure, switch back to the comfortable, air-conditioned car for the ride on to Mirissa/Weligama/Unawatuna or Galle where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

Udawalawe National Park Safari w Elephant Transit Home Visit

2. Udawalawe National Park Safari w Elephant Transit Home Visit

Explore one of Sri Lanka's best wildlife reserves on this 4x4 Jeep safari tour at Udawalawe National Park. Spot wild animals and interact with baby elephants at the Elephant Transit Home. Enjoy a more convenient trip with hotel pick-up and drop-off. Enter the park via a 4-wheel drive Jeep to start your tour. Spend some time among the amazing wildlife of Sri Lanka and discover the beauty of Udawalawe National Park and its thriving elephant population. Get a chance to see wild buffalos, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boars, sambars, hares, mongoose, crocodiles, and 30 species of snakes. You can also find 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds in the park. Next, stop at the Elephant Transit Home during feeding hours and take a closer look at hundreds of wild elephant babies. The park sustains large numbers of elephants with its abundant water sources. After the thrill of your safari, finish your experience with a return transfer to your pickup location.

From Colombo: Udawalawa National Park Wildlife Safari

3. From Colombo: Udawalawa National Park Wildlife Safari

Benefit from early morning pickup at your hotel in Colombo, and then relax on the 5-hour drive to Udawalawa National Park, created in the 1970s to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. Upon arrival, go for a safari drive by jeep and look for the thriving elephant population in its natural habitat. Search for other indigenous wildlife, such as buffalo, wild boar, sambhur, and hare. Now the third most visited park in Sri Lanka, Udawalawe is also an important nature reserve for 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds. Enjoy an authentic lunch at a local hotel in Udawalawe, at your own expense. Then, journey back to Colombo and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Udawalawe National Park Afternoon or Morning Safari

4. Udawalawe National Park Afternoon or Morning Safari

Start with pickup from your hotel in Udawalawa in the morning or afternoon, and travel to the Udawalawe National Park. Embark on a 3-hour jeep safari to see the diverse range of animal and bird species that live in the park. The park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir. Try to spot some of the famous Sri Lankan Elephants who wander freely through the plains and forest. Go in search of other wildlife species including water buffalo, monitor lizards, Sambar deer, crocodiles, and a diverse range of birdlife.

Udawalawa National Park: Private Safari

5. Udawalawa National Park: Private Safari

Explore Udawalawe National Park, one of the most undisturbed and pristine natural ecosystems on the planet enriched with a wealth of Sri Lankan elephants. See huge herds of elephants, and enjoy glances of water buffalo, wild boar, spotted deer, jackal, and more. Discover an area of 30,821 hectares, which embodies the true essence of a tropical paradise. See a rich variety of exotic flora and fauna and enjoy the perfect getaway for bird-watchers. Enjoy ample opportunities for spotting endemic and migrated birds. This Udawalawe safari might even present you with the sighting of the Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl, Spur Fowl, and Green Pigeon.

Sri Lanka: Five-day Multi-City Sightseeing Tour

6. Sri Lanka: Five-day Multi-City Sightseeing Tour

Explore the best of Sri Lanka with this tour to the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, rolling tea tea plantations in Ella, the chance to see wild elephants in the Udawalawe National park. Have your hotels, dinners, and breakfasts arranged for you in this fantastic tour package. Day 1: Be welcomed by your guide at the Colombo International Airport where your guide will take you to your hotel in Negombo. Take a PCR-test on arrival in the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner and a comfortable overnight stay while awaiting your test results. Day 2: Journey from Colombo to Sigiriya after getting your negative test results and eating a filling breakfast. Visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Relax before heading to the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya before having dinner and staying at a 4star hotel in Sigiriya. Day 3: Travel to Kandy after a hearty breakfast to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which holds the most important Buddhist relic in Sri Lanka. Take some time to unwind in your hotel before proceeding to see the amazing flora at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. Eat dinner and stay overnight at a four star hotel in Kandy. Day 4: Next, have a full breakfast before heading to Ella to walk among the lush tea plantations. Learn more about the colonial history of Sri Lanka and take in the stunning landscape views. Return to your hotel in Ella for dinner and to rest. Day 5: After breakfast, drive to Udawalawe National park where you can spot elephants in their natural habitat.

From Ella: Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

7. From Ella: Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

Start the day with a convenient pickup at your hotel and head for the Udawalawe National Park. Situated on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, this will be around a 2-hour drive from Ella. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals, particularly those displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. After arriving at the park, get on board a private jeep to begin the safari with your guide. Get you up close to the amazing attractions at the national park, including elephants, spotted deer, monitor lizards, and sambar deer. Also found are wild boar, the common langur, jackal, toddy cat, and the endemic Toque macaque monkeys. The Udawalawe National Park safari is ideal for all elephant and animal lovers. The wildlife has great diversity and many spectacular animals can be seen while on the safari tour: The Sri Lankan leopard has even been know to roam here.

Galle/Unawatuna/Mirissa: Udawalawe Safari

8. Galle/Unawatuna/Mirissa: Udawalawe Safari

Your experience begins as you are collected from your centrally located hotel in Galle, Unawatuna, or Mirissa. Following a meet and greet, proceed to the Udawalawe National Park. Upon your arrival to the Udawalawe National Park, you'll spend a thrilling 3 hours taking a safari onboard a Jeep. The Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. An Asian elephant herd consisting of no less than 400 of the animals is permanently residing in the park. The area is capable of sustaining large numbers of elephants, which is primarily thanks to its abundant water sources. Hundreds of elephants annually migrate to the park from nearby protected areas as well. Following your safari, your experience ends as you are transferred back to your hotel in Galle, Unawatuna, or Mirissa.

Tangalle: Half-Day Udawalawe Safari

9. Tangalle: Half-Day Udawalawe Safari

Your experience begins as you are picked up in the morning or afternoon from your hotel in Tangalle. From there, relax on the 2-hour drive to the Udawalawa National Park. Along the way, learn how the park was created in the 1970s to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. Upon arrival to the park, go for a safari drive by Jeep and look for the thriving elephant population in its natural habitat. You can also search for other indigenous wildlife, such as buffalo, wild boar, sambhur, and hare. Now the third-most-visited park in Sri Lanka, Udawalawe is also an important nature reserve for 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds. At the conclusion of your big day out, you'll journey back to Tangalle to be dropped off back to your accommodation.

From Ella: Full-Day Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

10. From Ella: Full-Day Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour

Meet your friendly driver at 9:00 AM at your hotel in Ella and begin your 5-hour journey to reach the beginning of your tour. Covering an area of 230,821 hectares, visit Udawalawe National Park and its thriving elephant population, including around 500 elephants. Discover the park's various other wildlife, with wild buffalo, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, sambhur, hare, mongoose, crocodiles and 30 species of snakes having been recorded. Three circuit bungalows are available at Seenuggala, Weheragolla, and Thimbiriyamankada, and two campsites are at Weheramankada and Pransadara. 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds are also found in the park. After the thrill of your safari tour, take some time to enjoy an authentic lunch from a local hotel in Udawalawe. At the conclusion of your thrilling safari day, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Ella.

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What people are saying about Udawalawa National Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 37 reviews

This private Safari was brilliant. We went to a private Safari at Yala earlier in the day and this was a lot better. Our guide was really friendly, knowledgeable and generally a very nice person to talk to during our tour. We saw so many groups of elephants and other animals. We felt very relaxed and he always asked us when we were ready to move on. We got close to the animals but also had respect for their privacy. I would recommend this tour for sure. Just keep in mind that the entrance fee is quite expensive.

After a slight delay, due to misunderstandings in the arrangement, we were picked up directly from the hotel. The guide was very nice and explained a lot about the animals we saw. He drove an alternative route to avoid jeep traffic jams and so we saw much better spots and more variety of animals. Highly recommended and in the time span of 3 hours it was perfectly adequate for us.

Safe travel with careful driver. They were polite prompt and helpful. But be aware of the rainy days, then you will not only have to bring hat sneakers and sunscreen but also raincoats for jeep safari.

Very quiet pleasant and punctual transfer. The safari was great, we were said to be really lucky and saw all the wild animals and, above all, a lot of different elephants.

Was great! Saw a lot of animals and the guide was super excited to show us everything he could! Highly recommend.