Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park (7th Mile Post, Sevanagala, Monaragala, Uva Province) — located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo, this is one of Sri Lanka’s major eco tourism destinations. It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants– feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar 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 the wonders that this protected reserve has to offer and its experienced and knowledgeable nature guides help make this an unforgettable experience. Admission: US$15 (tourist adult), Rs. 60 (local adult), US$8 (tourist child ages 6-12 years), Rs. 30 (local child ages 6-12 years), Rs. 20 (school children).