Udawalawe National Park - Nature is calling
The Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of the Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka and is situated 165 kilometers (103 miles) from Colombo and is 30,821 hectares in extent.
The Udawalawe National Park offers many attractions such as Elephants who are seen roaming free, the Sri Lankan Leopard lazing in the noonday sunshine, the Rusty Spotted Cat and Fishing Cat scurrying for their next meal, Sloth Bears making their way through the jungle while the stillness of the jungle is broken by the barks of the Sri Lankan Sambar Deer. At many water holes dotted throughout the park, one gets to witness the sight of Buffaloes, Wild Boar and Crocodiles feeding with the occasional chatter of a troop of Tufted Gray Langur. All of which could be experienced with a Safari Ride around the park !!!
Trekking away from the jungle is a paradise for bird watchers. The National Bird, the Jungle Fowl, making a dash for grub and the Indian Peafowl are a common sight to visitors. The Pied Cuckoo, Indian Roller, Brown-capped Babbler, the migrant White Wagtail, Malabar Pied Hornbill and the Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill skimming the waters are the many habitational birds on view and are a sight to behold for nature watchers. Many birds of prey like the migrant Black Capped Kingfisher and many varieties of Eagles such as the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Booted Eagle and the Changeable Hawk Eagle populate the air. Please be warned that 30 species of snakes also live in the park as well.
The reservoir has endemic fish species of Garra Ceylonensis, giant Gourami Catla and Roha among many other types of fish on show.
All in all the Udawalawe National Park is a haven for nature lovers from all over the world.