Elephant Gathering Safari inside the 3rd century Elephant Corridor: Kaudulla National Park

3 Hours

Whether you’re on safari to see the world-famous Elephant Gathering, or to witness pelicans engulf a surreal sunset, you’re in for a magical experience at Kaudulla National Park.

Why should you book this trip?

  • The location of the Kaudulla National Park around the ancient 3rd century B.C. Kaudulla Tank has rendered it an elephant corridor, home to the majestic congregation of elephant herds in Kaudulla National Park.
  • July to September is the time the largest recurring gathering of wild elephants is seen. Over 300 elephants may gather on the seasonal dry lake bed in Kaudulla National Park.
  • Although the stated period offers the best experience, the Kaudulla elephant safari is a rewarding wildlife experience - all year round.
  • This gathering is listed by Lonely Planet, making this elephant tour in Sri Lanka among the Top Ten wildlife spectacles in the world.
  • Besides elephants, more than 160 species of bird including large water birds such as Spot-billed Pelican and Lesser Adjutant visit the Kaudulla tank. Sightings of Asian Spoonbill, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork and Openbill Stork have been commonly made on the elephant tour.
  • A highlight of the Kaudulla safari is the breathtaking scene of hundreds of pelicans settling at sunset,engulfing the horizon with their elegance.
  • This elephant safari will also surprise you with other residents of the Park, such as: the Sambar Deer, Sri Lankan Axis Deer, Chevrotain, Leopard, and the Sloth Bear among other mammals.
  • You may also opt for a change in pace, with a ride in paddle-boats on the lake, opening an excellent opportunity to enjoy bird watching.
  • Specialised guide will complement the elephant safari with their in-depth knowledge of the Kaudulla National Park.


The Sri Lanka Day Tours crew and your designated guide will meet you at the gate entrance to the Kaudulla National Park.
The morning elephant safari will begin at 6.00 a.m. while the evening half-day tour will commence at 2.30 p.m.
On entering the national park with your guide, keep an eye out for the elephants who will gather to refresh themselves at the tank. Enjoy the moments of watching them frolic, interact and dominate the landscape with their formidable presence.
Different species of birds and other animals resident at the sanctuary will also make their appearance - not to be outdone by the gentle giants. The Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, and the Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill are the endemic species amongst the other birds.
The elephant tour will also delight you with sightings of the Sambar Deer, Sloth Bear, the Grey Slender Loris, the Purple-Faced Langur along with several other mammals.
Saltwater crocodiles and reptiles like the monitor lizard, complement the diversity of the Kaudulla Park ecosystem.
The Kaudulla elephant safari should wrap up around 6 p.m., after which you will be dropped off at the park entrance.

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Elephant Gathering Safari inside the 3rd century Elephant Corridor: Kaudulla National Park
From $151
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $80
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $69
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $67
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $67
/ Adult - 5 or More people
From $45
/ Child - Price per child
  • SLDT/2405/SAFKAU01
  • 4
  • 6:30 AM | 2:00 PM
  • Kaudulla National Park entrance
  • 36 Hours
  • All year round [Best time- July to September]


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