Nestled among the hills of Kandy, this natural forest reserve spreads over a massive 257 acres of lush green forests and lakes.
Housing a variety of plant species like the giant lianas, shrubs and small trees, this reserve also protects animals that inhabit the island. A few types of snakes and reptiles can also be spotted within the reserve. Udawatta Kele has been a designated forest reserve since 1856 and the Sri Lanka Forest Department has two offices within the reserve, and one of them acts as an education centre too.
Any hotel in Kandy will point you to the sanctuary if you ask them, and some hotels like Hotel Hilltop Kandy also have activities and excursions that include a ride to the sanctuary upon request. School students can be regularly seen in groups within the sanctuary as it is a great educational tour for them, considering the rich flora and fauna the reserve holds.
If you go north after the Temple of Tooth, the road will take you to the visitors’ entrance on the western part of the forest. Watch out for the leeches during the rainy seasons and keep your feet and legs safe from these bloodsucking worms. Herbal balms and mosquito repellents are said to ward them off, so carry them along with you, and enjoy the day!
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