While Sri Lanka is iconic for its wildlife-rich havens, from the jungle-clad beaches of its East Coast and jewel-toned waters sliced through with dolphins, whales, and sea turtles to its elegantly awe-inspiring highland tableaus, home to endangered species of flora and fauna, Udawalawe holds its own as a starkly gorgeous wildlife spotting reserve. Here’s all you need to know about this wild sanctuary.
An Idyllic Safari
The barren, Savannah-like landscape of grassland, watering holes, forest, and arid zones is captivating in itself and the roller-coaster safari jeeps with their open sides add an indescribable flavour of adventure. However, the true stars of the show are the mighty elephant herds, well-accustomed to seeing tiny humans gaze at them so that they allow for close-up views with gentle patience.
A Brief History
Established in 1972 as Sri Lanka’s fifth national park, this immaculate terrain of diverse microhabitats spanning over 32,000 hectares is the third most visited wildlife sanctuary on the island for stunning wildlife photography and family-friendly edutainment.
Thrilling Sights to Seek
Even though the good-natured and gargantuan Asian elephant is its most coveted sight, beautiful Udawalawe shelters a wealth of animals within its lush green embrace. Here, you will also see barren Uva landscapes smattered with emerald and huge, rippling reservoirs graced with painted storks, pirouetting peacocks, sambar deer, giant water monitors, and water buffalos. If you’re keen on experiencing the wonderfully diverse attractions in Sri Lanka, venture no further than the likes of Malkey Rent A Car for a hassle-free car rental service.
The best time for this safari is at dawn to catch the rosy golden sunrise over seemingly endless vistas with plenty of time to explore before a hearty Sri Lankan breakfast.