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The Udawalawe national park lies 165km southwest from Colombo. It was first established in the year 1972 as a sanctuary for all the wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir and is the third most visited national park in the country. The Udawalawe national park covers an area of 30,821 hectares and has one of the highest animal to size ratio’s in all national parks of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s safaris are exciting enough to rival even Kenya and Tanzania, but what makes Udawalawe national park stand out from its closeby larger cousin, Yala. While Yala is definitely larger and the best place in the world to witness leopards, it is important to note that it is more crowded. Unlike Udawalawe which does not have an overwhelming crowd compared to Yala.
While Yala is definitely not lacking excitement and adventure in any sense, Udawalawe is the more sensible choice to pick if you wish to explore the park at your own pace. Udawalawe is regarded as one of the best places to witn4ess Elephants and Raptors in there natural habitat. There are more 400 Elephants and while on safari it is guranteed that you will witness more than one of these majestic creatures. Udawalawe is also home to many Endemic Bird Species and is must visit for bird lovers.