Day trip for a safari in the Udawalawe national park from Colombo, Kalutara or Bentota
Udawalawe National Park is the best National Park in Sri Lanka if you want to see Elephants at close quarters. This is a very exciting day trip from Colombo and the drive is approximately four hours from Colombo. Once arrived in Udawalawe we suggest that you have lunch in a restaurant recommended by our driver prior to starting of the Safari game drive. Our driver will organize you the jeeps and tickets on your behalf. Usually the safari will take 3 to 4 hours and scheduled exit from the park is approximately at 6 pm which is the time we start the return ward journey to Colombo. A visit to Udawalawe Elephant Transit home before the game drive is a good idea where you would be able to see the feeding of Baby Elephants. This is can be only visited only during the feeding times, so it is advisable that you visit this place before lunch
Safari Game Drive in Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe national Park is located approximately 230 km south-east of Colombo city and is a major eco-tourism destination in Sri Lanka. The 30,821 hectares dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.4°C. 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 our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.
Visiting Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home
The Elephant Transit Home owned by the Department of Wild Life Conservation (DWLC) was established on October 6, 1995 at the Udawalawe National Park. 24th of September 2003 the elephant transit home opened, completely funded by the Born Free Federation of UK, who also funds post-release studies run by the University of Colombo, monitoring the orphans with the help of radio collars once they have been returned to the wild. The difference between Ath Athuru Sevena and the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala is that at the Transit Home these baby elephants once cared for are released to the wilds when they reach a certain age.
Suggested departure time of the day trip – 6 AM from Colombo
Highlights of Udawalawe day trip – Udawalawe “Eth Athuru Sevana” Elephant Orphanage and Udawalawe National Park
Price of Udawalawe day trip
- From Colombo – US$ 180. (Trip starts from Colombo City and ends in Colombo City)
- From Wadduwa or Kalutara – US$ 195$ ( Trip start and end from Wadduwa or Kalutara)
- From Bentota or Beruwala – US$ 195$ ( Trip start and end from Bentota or Beruwala)
What is included in the price,
- Air conditioned mini coach
- Driver and driver’s meals
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