Majestic beast safari inside Sri Lanka’s oldest Elephant Park: Udawalawe National Park

4 Hours

Observe endless herds of wild elephants roaming the grasslands of Udawalawe National Park – the world’s best place to guarantee elephant sightings on every safari.

Why should you book this trip?

  • The Udawalawe National Park is the only place in the world where an elephant sighting is guaranteed on every game drive.
  • Get close to exotic birds and beasts found in this renowned safari park, including wild elephants and an occasional leopard.
  • You have 2 options to book safaris in the Udawalawe National Park: Either a morning safari (06:00AM) or an evening safari (3:00PM)
  • The skill of an experienced guide is included and it makes your Udawalawe safari experience unique.
  • Specially modified, comfortable jeeps are provided for safaris.
  • We also extend customised services for our guests (family safaris/honeymoon safaris/photography safaris etc.)

Itinerary

You will first meet up with the Sri Lanka Day Tours crew and your safari guide at the gate entrance to Udawalawe National Park. For the morning half-day tour, the starting time will be at 6 a.m. while the afternoon tour begins at 2.30 p.m.

After entering the national park with your guide in a jeep, you will be able to spot several species of birds and other animals that have made their homes in this sanctuary.

You will be taken through most of the Udawalawe National Park, covering the wetlands, grasslands, forest patches, etc. We will make longer stops at certain watering holes for unique photography opportunities.

We will stop at a designated spot overlooking a lake or river where you can get down, stretch your legs and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee prepared by our crew.

After finishing the safari, either around 10 a.m. or around 6 p.m., you will be dropped off at the park entrance.

The Udawalawe National Park is a collection of several distinct, but inter-related geographical features. From lush forests to grasslands to a man-made reservoir, Udawalawe is among the largest of national parks in Sri Lanka.

Udawalawe's main attraction is the large herd of Sri Lankan elephants who call it home. With a large area for them to roam, it is the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. Watch as these majestic, graceful, albeit playful giants interact with each other, following a complex social order within the herd.

Sri Lanka Day Tours' Udawalwe National Park safari will take you through hotspots for watching elephants and other animals and birds within the park. Jeeps specialised for optimised viewing will take gravel paths into the deep forest for the best viewing experience.

Udawalawe is home to a few other species of mammal. Carnivores such as the rusty spotted cat, the fishing cat and the Sri Lankan Leopard are not unknown. Quite a few of our guides have seen leopards in this park. Among the herbivoresare water buffalo, axis deer, sambar deer, Indian muntjac and spotted chevrotains. Primates such as toque macaques and grey langurs also make the park their home.

The park is also anexcellentbird-watching site. Species such as the Sri Lankan jungle fowl, Sri Lankan spurfowl, and the red-faced malkoha breed within the park.

Make your experience at Udawalawa be an unforgettable one with our guided safari.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Experienced local tracking driver guide
  • Jeep cost of the Udawalawe National Park Safari
  • Entrance fees
  • Packed snacks
  • Bottled water

Exclusions

  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned above
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel in Udawalawe or any other accommodation in Udawalawe could be arranged at an extra cost.
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  1. Great safari experience !!!
    By Jordon
    from Sri Lanka
    January 10, 2024
    The safari was amazing, mostly due to Solomons, our naturalist. His love for and knowledge about the wildlife, particularly birds, really made the experience special. He had an uncanny ability to spot even the smallest bird and could tell us all about it. We had a fantastic safari experience!!
    Date of Experience: December 21, 2023
  2. An experience I won’t forget!
    By Anna
    from Sri Lanka
    December 28, 2023
    The safari was an incredible experience! Our guide cum driver was unbelievably knowledgeable on all of the wildlife we saw, especially the birds! It was a perfect morning. I recommend this experience to anyone, you won’t be disappointed 😊
    Date of Experience: December 10, 2023
  3. Giants on the land..Elephants in Udawalawe
    By Tony Wilson
    from United Kingdom
    February 12, 2019
    Udawalawe game drive was excellent. Sighting of Blue Magpie was so unexpected.
    Date of Experience: February 10, 2019

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Majestic beast safari inside Sri Lanka’s oldest Elephant Park: Udawalawe National Park
From $147
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $98
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $82
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $74
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $69
/ Adult - 5 or More people
From $49
/ Child - Price per child
  • SLDT/2403/SAFUDA01
  • 6:00AM | 3:00PM
  • Udawalawe Park Entrance [Transport could be provided from your location at an extra cost]
  • 24 Hours
  • All Year Around (However, the best season would be between October & April)

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