The Uda Walawe National Park has the reputation of being one of the best places in the country to spot elephants. With nearly 600 elephants in the park as well as crocodiles, buffaloes, deer and snakes it is certainly worth the journey.


Udawalawe’s extensive flora is a mixture of abandoned teak plantations, grassland, thorny scrub jungle and marsh along the Walawe River and Mau Ara. Satinwood, Ebony and Trincomalee Wood trees grow abundantly in the area and the river banks are dotted with water-loving Kumbuk trees. The Udawalawe Reservoir, which is replenished by the Walawe River, supplies water for the whole area and is an essential supporter of the abundant wildlife that call this national park home.