Udawalawe National Park is a one of the most famous safari park mainly for elephants. The site is located approximately 3 hours from Colombo, towards southern central area of the island.
National Park Safari
The national park is established in 1972 which spreads ober 30,000 hectares in the dry zone of the country, bordering “Walawe” river. It is believed to have approximately 900 elephants & many other wild life taking the park as their home. Wild buffaloes, spotted deer, wild boar, jackals are some of the commonly seen animals in the park. There are many birds also living in Udawalawe such as Peacock, King fisher, various types of eagles & herons, bee eaters, Indian rollers … Crocodiles are a common seen near water tanks & ponds… You will be provided a separate four wheel drive jeep along with an experienced safari driver.
Elephant Transit Home
In a close proximity to the National Park, there is a government controlled, elephant transit home, which gives protection for orphaned baby elephants until they are prepared to go back to the wild. It is a nice seen to have these baby elephants fed with milk.
Gem Mines in Ratnapura (Gem City)
On the way to Udawalawe, we will be passing Sri Lanka’s most famous gem mining city Ratnapura. There are many active gem mines in the area. The chauffer will take you to one of these mines to see the process. You may have to have a little trekking through local mind fields. We can observe the traditional practices with miners.
Rubber & Tea plantations
Our route is also flows through many rubber & tea estates. We could have a quick stop at some of these estates to enjoy the views.
Summary of contents
Surely this will be a memorable day outing in your holidays.
• You will be travelling in an AC car or a van with an English speaking chauffer who will explain you the sites.
• Entry tickets for the National Park & the Elephant transit home are included in the package.
• Safari drive will be done on a dedicated four wheel drive jeep, the charges are also included in the package.
• Our chauffer will direct you to recommended lunch & other stops to ensure your hygiene.
• The pick-up time can be advised upon understanding your hotel.
• Your investment on the package will be approx. US$ 95 per head but could be finalized based on your pick-up hotel & the number of heads for the journey. Please inquire for more details.