Udawalawa is Sri Lanka’s third most popular national park; considerably less congested with tourists than Yala, it’s a great alternative if you don’t want to be bumper-to-bumper with other jeeps on your safari. Being an important sanctuary to water birds and elephants, it’s one of the best places to see elephants. Boasting 250 of these mystical creatures in the park, you’ll be able to get up-close and personal with herds of elephants. If you can’t make it out to Bundala National Park or Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, don’t fret. Udawalawa is also considered a great place for birdwatching.
Udawalawa spans across 30,821 hectares and resides on the boundary between the island’s wet and dry zones.
A safari to Uda Walawe National Park is a quick day trip from Tangalle, Hambantota, and Tissamaharama. You can speak to your hotel to arrange for a safari tour to pick you up from your hotel.