Nestled in the heart of Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, the Kaudulla National Park is the ideal place to view elephants descend onto muddy lake banks for a quick bath to deal with the sweltering heat or watch the Asian spoonbill or grey-headed fish eagle through binoculars.
Situated 197 km away in the heart of exotic Sri Lanka, Kaudulla National Park was established in the year of 2002 to interconnect adjoining national parks; Somawathiya National Park to the North and East and Minneriya and Wasgamuwa National Parks to the South. You can find accommodation in a luxurious Sri Lanka resort in the region such as Habarana Village by Cinnamon, within easy reach of these national parks, perfect if you are planning to go on a safari.
Made up of a varied topography of hills, forests, scrublands and lowlands, the Kaudulla National Park features verdant vegetation of evergreen forests mixed with tropical dry flora. Although an arid weather persists in the period between April and October, the region is blessed with the Northeast monsoon. Featuring plenty of water and food, the area resembles a lush paradise for its spectators.
Residing among the lush greenery of Kaudulla National Park is its wide range of species of mammals, reptiles, fish and birds. Among the 25 species of mammals found in the park, the Sri Lankan axis deer, wild boar, Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan sambar deer constantly draw the attention of those on safari.
If lucky, you will be able to witness “The Gathering” of elephants from all over the region at the muddy banks of Minneriya tank to feed and drink during the drought period. Yearly, as they have for centuries, the elephants agonized by the tropical heat descend by the reservoir to spray themselves with grass and dirt to protect their skin and remain cool.
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