Started in 1972, this National Park was designed to protect the catchment area of the Uda Walawe reservoir and provide sanctuary to the animals displaced during the reservoirs construction. Park spread out the boundary between Sri Lankas wet and dry zones, the area which was previously used for shifting cultivation is dominated by grassy plains. While not as wild or remote as parks such as other main parks like Wilpattu or Yala, with the land only recently reverting back from cultivation, the park has some fascinating characteristics that make it well worth a visit.
The large elephant population is the main attraction. With around 400-500 wild elephants residing in the park, Uda Walawe is the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat and herds of up to 50 individuals are commonly seen.
ck to your hotel just after sunset.