Udawalawe National Park. Sri Lanka travel routes

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Very little information on this park. Has anyone been? I read that there are a lot more elephants, and it would be nice to see them in the wild, or is it better to go to Yalla?

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vyach ” May 31, 2012, 08:51

I was in this park in January 2012, the park is for elephants and peacocks, because there are a lot of elephants every 100 meters, buffalos, and a lot of different species of birds near the lake and showed me a crocodile. It was raining, the jeep got stuck in a storm, after 30 minutes we got them out. One of the meetings with the elephants also went not quite smoothly, the elephant trying to protect her babies wanted to “deal” with our jeep, stood for about 10 minutes until she left.Fun trip turned out.The area is hilly with small areas of trees or bushes, the road is all in the pits and ditches.Next to the park sell inexpensive fruit and vegetables (several times cheaper than in Bentota). Impressions of the park are good.

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dashok26 ” 30 Nov 2017, 13:24

January 2017. Lots of elephants, peacocks, buffalo. Crocodiles – visible in the distance.

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4e4ako ” November 30, 2017, 7:45 pm.

March 2017. Lots of elephants (even too many), peacocks, buffalo, rhino birds. Lots of crocodiles up close.

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park

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4e4ako ” 03 Jan 2018, 19:07

DIman_K wrote(a) on 03 Jan 2018, 17:57: How much are the tickets/excursion (adequate price) to get from Halle now?

The ticket at the end of February 2017 was 3,200 rupees per person, we bought them ourselves at the park box office. We took the prime jeep for the morning safari from the owner of our gesta for 4,000 rupees. The total for two people “per round” came out to 70 bucks at the then exchange rate. Seemed like a reasonable price.

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From Galle to Udavalawe you can take two transfers. First, take any bus to Matara and change to bus 11 Embilipitiya – Matara. At Embilipitiya change to Embilipitiya – Ratnapura or Embilipitiya – Colombo #122.

If you want to know how much the fare is and how long the trip will take, you can read about it in the following link, because we were going in the opposite direction: From Colombo via Ratnapura & Udawalawe to the coast.

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AmaranthZh ” January 26, 2018, 01:54 am.

Do they let you in your car there?

And can I have the contacts of your gesta? One more question: what time is the park open and what is the best time to visit it? Thanks in advance for the tips.

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4e4ako ” January 26, 2018, 09:14

There were a lot of Jeeps, about thirty, even had to stand for twenty minutes at the ticket office for tickets. But they were all the same type, tall, we didn’t see anyone there in their cars.

The place is called Nature House. It is located on the right side of the road, when you have already turned from Main Road to the park. You can see the sign from the road.

We drive everywhere in the parks in the morning, we think it’s the best time to visit them. We arrive at the ticket office after dark. The park is open, if memory serves, from 6am. You can also arrive a couple of hours before sunset. This is also not bad. A little advice: if you want to see crocodiles on the shoals near you, then don’t come to the river from the morning, but by about 10 o’clock. Crocodiles are cold-blooded animals, and they need the sun to start sunbathing, then they come out of the river to warm up. Good luck with that.

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National Parks of Sri Lanka – where to go on safari

Sri Lanka impresses visiting Europeans with its wonderful pristine nature. Nowhere else will you see such a golden coast of the majestic Indian Ocean. Evergreen forests cover the slopes of the mountains. Streams flowing to mountain rivers pervade the entire island. But most of all Lankans are proud of their national parks, the highlight of which is the unique Yala Park, Sri Lanka. It is open to visitors at all times of the year and continues to amaze even seasoned travelers.

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The first protected area appeared a long time ago – during the reign of King Devanampiatissa (III century BC). The territory was declared inviolable, and, according to Buddhist philosophy, it was forbidden to harm any living creature.

Safari Sri Lanka

Today tourists can visit 12 national parks, three reserves and 51 reservations. In total, this area covers 14% of the island. The most famous parks include Yala, Sinharaja Rain Forest, Udawalawe, Minneriya, etc.

Sri Lanka’s national parks are protected by the Department of Wild Life and Conservation. Visitors to the country must follow certain rules of conduct, with which the guide will introduce. He will tell you about your movement, routes, stopping points in the park, etc. By obeying these rules you will have a great time and avoid unpleasant experiences in the park.

Yala Park invites hikers

Yala Park

This beautiful reserve is spread over an area of 1000 sq. km, about 300 km from Colombo. It is divided into two sections. People are allowed in the western part but not in the eastern part; only scientists doing their work can visit here.

Yala is considered the oldest park on the island, the second largest by area and most visited in the country. The landscape is a flat, dry savannah, overgrown with umbrella trees and low shrubs. Occasionally there are small oases around bodies of water.

Elephants and herbivores roam the hills overgrown with bushes and small trees. There are also a lot of predators in these places. Yala Park in Sri Lanka is home to 44 species of mammals, among which the Ceylon elephants and leopards, 46 species of reptiles and 215 species of birds are of particular interest.

The most interesting way to learn more about the animal world in Sri Lanka is on safari. The trip takes place in open jeeps that accommodate 4-6 people. Safaris can be booked for half day (6:00-11:00 and 15:00-18:00) or all day. However, in the hot afternoon the animals usually hide from the sun, so the best time will be morning or evening.

Jeep Safari

Here you can see a leopard, buffalo, crocodile and meet a herd of elephants. In Yala National Park, animals react quietly to tourists and continue to live their normal lives. When the heat dies down, all the inhabitants of the jungle will go to the reservoir – that’s where you can make a lot of unique photos.

  • A large selection of hotels with air conditioning and high level of service will allow you to choose an inexpensive accommodation, which will cost up to $ 100.
  • Lovers of the exotic can stay in the campsite and live in bungalows or huts (a total of 8 pieces). Daily accommodation with meals will cost from $ 30 per night.
  • Yala National Park in Sri Lanka is open seven days a week from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Once a year it closes for a month. This is in September or October.
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The cost of a safari in Yala depends on the duration, the number of people in the car and your ability to haggle. The standard price for a half day is $35, for a full day it is $60 per person in a six-passenger jeep.

In addition, you must pay for the entrance fee – $15 (+ taxes) for an adult and $8 for a child.

The official website for Yala Park is www.yalasrilanka.lk. Here you can book tickets online and read about accommodation and safari conditions (in English).

Sinharaja Rainforest

Sri Lanka’s tropical rainforest Sinharaja is called a biosphere reserve. Annual rainfall here reaches 5-7 thousand mm. The park is the rare place on Earth that hasn’t been touched by a human hand. The Lankans respect and cherish the virgin nature.

Sinharaja Rainforest

The forest is located in the southern part of the island. Its length is more than 20 kilometers in length and 7 kilometers in width. The endless hilly terrain with ridges and valleys is overgrown with tropical evergreen forests.

Sinharajah translates as “Kingdom of the Lion”. This area was once the domain of the Sinhalese kings. Inaccessible location saved the forest from logging. And in 1875, the forest was declared a nature reserve. Now it is of international importance and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lizard in Sinharaja forest

A remarkable feature of the forest are the tall trees with perfectly straight trunks. The height of some specimens reaches 50 meters. The trees grow very densely, intertwined with vines that are up to 30 cm thick. The ground is lined with ferns and horsetails. Behind the trees you can see the majestic peaks of the mountains surrounding the park.

Squirrel in Sinharajah Forest

The wild jungle has its own unknown life of leopards, armadillos, giant squirrels, many monkeys and rare animals. And the variety of birds amazes even ornithologists. Insects have their own, amazing world. Here you can endlessly admire the very large beautiful butterflies fluttering over the fanciful flowers. The whole air is permeated with the ringing of cicadas, the singing of birds. Scientists claim that the Sinharaj Rainforest is home to 2/3 of all animal, insect, and reptile species on Earth.

One of the simplest excursions involves driving to the park, walking for two to three hours with a guide, and driving back. However, it is difficult to see anything worth seeing in that time. It is best to come here with an overnight stay and camp. At dawn, the journey begins on the long route – climbing to the top of the mountain. After climbing it, you will get a full idea of the park, you will see it in all its grandeur.

Photo of Sinharajah Reserve

According to the reviews of experienced travelers, a lot depends on the guide. Some will take you to the most interesting places and show you the most interesting animals and waterfalls. Others are lazy to do this and give a formal tour. Therefore, you have to be persistent with the guides, so that they perform their direct duties.

  • Do not go for a walk in the woods by yourself – it is very dangerous (wild animals, snakes) and you can get lost. Although independent travel is allowed, but it is better to do it by car.
  • The entrance fee to the park is 866 rupees along with taxes.
  • Guide services cost 2,000 to 2,500 rupees.
  • The opening hours of the park are 6:30 am to 6:00 pm.
  • The best period to visit: November – March. This time is considered the driest, but short showers are possible. They don’t last long (maximum 30 minutes), but can be so intense that you’ll be soaked through in a minute.
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For more information on available forest activities and lodging in the area, visit www.rainforest-ecolodge.com.

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park

In the south, 170 kilometers from the country’s main city, lies Udawalawe National Park. Its proximity to the southern resorts of Sri Lanka puts it in third place for the influx of visitors. The park was created to help the jungle dwellers find shelter when the grandiose construction of the reservoir on the Walawe River began.

Udawalawe occupies more than 30,000 hectares and is one of the largest parks on the island. It has rich flora and fauna: huge variety of plants, among which there are especially rare specimens with medicinal properties. Animal world is represented by 39 species of mammals, 184 species of birds, 135 species of butterflies and plenty of fish, reptiles and insects. The main attraction is a huge reservoir Uda Valave.

Map of Udawalawe

Travelers here are waiting for a lot of interesting and unusual, but most of all attract the attention of local animals that quietly roam the savanna, not afraid of people and are not afraid of the lenses of cameras. People come here to see the unique Lankan elephants, whose numbers are decreasing.

To save the elephants from extinction, the Department of Wildlife Conservation has set up a special nursery on the left side of the reservoir. All of the elephants who are left without a family are taken under protection, cared for and prepared for independent life. When the “babies” grow up, they are returned to their natural environment.

Elephant Nursery

The main task of the nursery is to increase the number of wild Lankan elephants. The staff not only feeds the elephants and monitors their health. There is regular educational work for adults and children, the Information Center is organized, and interesting events take place.

Feeding elephants

The elephants are fed four times a day every three hours, and guests can attend this meal. But it is not allowed to ride on the elephants in the nursery. All conditions are created here so that the contact between animals and people is minimal, otherwise they will not survive in the wild.

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This place is located where the wet and dry zones of the island border. The longest periods are March-May and October-January. The average temperature is about 29 degrees and the humidity is about 80%.

  • Udavalawe Park is open daily from 6:00 to 18:00.
  • The cost of a half-day visit is $15, a full-day visit is $25, with an overnight stay is $30 per person. Tickets for children are half the price.

A couple of hours drive from the park is the pretty mountain town of Ella. If you have time, check it out. Read what there is to see in Ella here.

Minneria National Park

Minneria National Park

The Minneria National Park is located 180 kilometers from Colombo. The central territory of the park is occupied by a reservoir of the same name, which feeds all the surrounding land. The abundance of fresh water has given birth to a rich flora, which is favored by many animals and birds. The Minneria Reservoir was created by King Mahassen in the 3rd century and is now of international importance.

Birds at Minneria Park Reservoir

The park covers about 9000 hectares and consists of mixed evergreen forests. There are 25 species of mammals, most of which are elephants. There are more than 200 of them. There are also many leopards, bears, monkeys, wild buffalo, spotted deer and Indian lizards.

The pride of the park is birds, of which there are over 170 species. Nowhere else will you see as many parrots, peacocks, weavers and chatter-birds as in this amazing place. The reservoir is home to flocks of pelicans, cranes, cormorants, storks, etc. Naturally, there are plenty of fish and crocodiles.

The ideal time for a tour is early morning and late evening, when the sun is close to sunset. In the afternoon, the animals usually lie in the shade under the trees, escaping from the heat. Therefore, it is best to arrive at the park gates by 6 am.

  • The best way to get around the park is by jeep. The cost of safari ranges from $100 to $200 (depending on travel time and itinerary).
  • The entrance fee is $25.
  • Renting a jeep for a half-day safari will cost Rs. 3,500-4,000, for the whole day Rs. 6,000-7,000.

Prices on the page are for May 2020.

Whichever place you choose to travel around the country (Yala Sri Lanka Park, Sinharaja, Udawalawe or Minneriya), you will have the most unforgettable experience. It is not without reason that seasoned tourists say that this is the island where the Garden of Eden was located. You will not find such beautiful, unspoiled nature anywhere else on earth.

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