Being a rich country of natural biodiversity, Sri Lanka elaborates and proves it many times. Udawatte Kele located north of Kandy Lake is an eco-tourism site that expands over 103 hectares. The park was once a forbidden forest called Uda Wasala Watte (the garden above the royal palace) during the Kandyan kingdom. Visitors can tour the sanctuary every day from 6 am to 5 pm. Though the entire garden was declared as a forest reserve in 1856 and upgraded as a sanctuary in 1938. This the garden has an exclusive collection of avifauna. Other than that it is one of the beautiful bird sanctuaries in Sri Lanka.
Udawatte Kele is on a hill ridge stretching between the Temple of the Tooth and the UplandsAruppola suburbs. The highest point of the ridge is 635 meters above sea level and 115 meters above the nearby Kandy Lake.
The sanctuary contains three Buddhist forest monasteries, i.e., Forest Hermitage, Senanayakaramaya and Tapovanaya, and three cave dwellings for Buddhist monks, i.e., Cittavisuddhi-Lena, Maitri-Lena, and Senkadandagala-Lena. The sanctuary acts as a catchment area for the supply of water to the city of Kandy.
Udawatte Kele sanctuary houses to varieties of birds like yellow fronted barbet, Layard's Parakeet, Spot bellied eagle owl, Sri Lankan hanging parrot, Green fronted leaf bird, and native three-toed kingfisher, Sri Lanka hill myna (approximately 80 species of birds can be seen). Therefore for the bird experts armed with binoculars, it is a great place to explore the birdlife. Annual rainfall is recorded at about 1615 mm and the temperature is around 24 c. The sanctuary is a good location for panoramic photographs of Kandy city and butterflies, mammals that come very close to you. Endemic animals like toque macaque, jackal, porcupine, and mouse deer seem to be common. 460 species of plants, especially lianas, shrubs, herbs, and small plants are survived in the jungle.
- Arrival time will be 6.30 A.M at Udawatte Kele Entrance.
- Brief description of the trail and the forest reserve.
- Starting the bird watching tour at 6.45 A.M.
- Rest stops within every 1 K.M.
- Photography sessions.
- Reaching the trail head by 11.30 A.M
Duration: 6 Hours
Season: All year
To wear/bring: Camera