UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK is located approximately 200 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.