Udawalawe National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful natural treasures, home to wild buffalo, leopards, and of course, elephants. The park spans an immense amount of land, rivaling many natural reserves around the world, including the savannas of Africa. Udawalawe is located near the provinces of Uva and Sabaragamuwa, and is around 10 hours by train from Colombo.
The park is best accessed from Embilipitiya, which is located about 20 kilometers away and a great place in which to arrange one’s local tour guide if it has not yet been done. Hotels in the area will be very helpful in arranging these tours, as the local staff are better equipped to navigate some of the language barriers and other concerns that might arise. Once in Udawalawe, the wealth of natural wonders are sure to take up plenty of time, and the sights range from the popular Udawalawe Safari Camp
to the Udawalawe Reservoir
and much more. This is also the home of the Elephant Transit Home, which is where the injured elephants of the area are looked after by dedicated staff. The park itself is an impressive testament to Sri Lanka’s natural wonders, and it can take up several days for the dedicated travelers committed to exploring as much of it as possible. To find out where the rest of the park’s attractions are located, and where all of the hotels and guesthouses are in Udawalawe, take a look at the interactive map on this page and start planning the epic journey to this impressive place.