Udawalawe National Park was established on 30 th July 1972. The total area of the park is 32315 ha. The park is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo and is a major tourism destination in Sri Lanka.
It is most famous for the many elephants (about 400) that live there. During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants feeding or bathing in the water. In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, lizards, deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts. A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all that this protected reserve has to offer.
Below is a small selection of photos taken during a visit to Udawalawe National Park. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.