Things to do in Udawalawe
Udawalawe is a rural village and in between Ella and Yala, belongs to Ratnapura district. Udawalawe national park is the highest elephant density recorded national park in Sri Lanka. Udawalawe national park spread over 30,000 hectares and Udawalawe national park belongs to wet-dry zone national park category. National Park established in 1972 and most population in Udawalawe living with shifting cultivation (Chena).
In 1995, Elephant Transit home established as part of the Udawalawe national park. Elephant Transit home established by wildlife conservation department for simply rehabilitation of wild elephants and animals. Increase of the country’s population, large-scale irrigation and agricultural projects have fragmented the former habitat of elephants, resulting elephant mortality and decrease of population. Despite the mitigation measures to control human elephant conflict, considerable numbers of elephant calves recovered as orphans.
Udawalawe National Park is next in popularity to Yala, and elephants easily observed even at midday. In addition, 39 species of mammals and 183 species of birds have been recorded.
Udawalawe countryside remain as pristine countryside and Udawalawe is the one of best place explore about the ancient Sri Lankan living style.
Udawalawe things to do blends with local experiences and exploring about the nature, culture of the community.