Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park

The Udawalawe National Park is all about one thing – elephants. It is the best place on the island to spot everyone's favourite pachyderms - you are pretty much guaranteed to see at least one elephant tramping about the vast stretches of grassland. Alongside around 600 elephants, there are also a great many raptors, such as the serpent eagle, herds of wild buffalo and sambar deer that call the park home. If you are exceptionally lucky you might even spot a leopard! The park is centred around the Udawalawe Reservoir, the perfect place to spot the residents, whilst much of the surrounding landscapes are quite stark, which makes spotting animals all the easy on safari.

What to see

Elephant Transit Home

Elephant Transit Home

Close to the national park is the wonderful Elephant Transit Home, supported by the Born Free Foundation. The project takes in and prepares orphaned juvenile elephants to return to the wild, generally releasing them straight into the national park. The home is open to visitors at feeding times where you can see the boisterous youngsters having their milk and then milling around playing and relaxing – an unforgettable sight.

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