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Attractions
 
    
    • Comfortable Jeeps with higher seats for Safaris to Udawalawe National Park at a reasonable price.
    • Bird watching tours can be arranged by the Hotel manager who is specialized in this field.
    • Excursions to the Elephant Transit Home could be arranged to view the feeding of the baby elephants with milk at special feeding times.
    • Special natural river bath could be organized at a safe and enjoyable place
  • Transport could be organized to Ella, Mirissa, Tangalle, Arugam bay, Yala, Kataragma and to the Airport in a Hotel owned vehicle at a reasonable price
  • Tracking bicycles are available at a reasonable price.
 
Udawalawa National park
 
The beautiful Udawalawe National Park lies across the Ratnapura District in the Sabaragamuwa Province and the Moneragala District in the Uva Province covering an extent of 30,821 hectares. It was declared a National Park on June 30 1972, under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. The objective was to conserve the catchment area of the reservoir, ensuring a flow of silt-free water to the reservoir and providing refuge for wildlife displaced by the opening of land along the lower reaches of the Walawe River for agriculture. Today the park accommodates 150 resident and 200 migratory elephants.

The most prominent physical features of the park are the Kalthota escarpment and Diyawinne falls in the north of the park and Ullugala peak in the west. There are two little villages in the park namely Sinuggala and Neboda.

The altitude of the park premises ranges from 100 m to 373 m with Ulugalla being the highest point. The park centres around the Walawe reservoir which covers a total area of 3,405 hectares. The reservoir depends heavily on the rainfall which amounts to 1524 mm per year in addition to the Walawe River that feeds it.

Both the inter-monsoon rains in November and mid-January contribute largely to this. The dry season is from February to April. The average temperature stands at 32 degrees C.

Importance of the Udawalawe National Park.The Udawalawe National Park is an important ecosystem which maintains important biodiversity in the dry zone. Its importance lies in providing protection to the catchment area of the waterways that feed the Udawalawe reservoir and Mau Ara. The park's close proximity to culturally and historically important sites such as Veheragalla and Veheramankada is another factor that contributes to its importance. Most importantly it provides a resting and feeding ground for elephants.

This is the only place in Sri Lanka where elephants can be seen during any time of the day when they frequent the area along the river, especially during the dry season which is usually between May to September.

This is due to the considerable number of elephants which amounts to more than 500, counting both resident and migratory elephants, absence of dense forest cover which is always an advantage when seeking to observe wild animals and the presence of abundant grasslands which elephants feed on.

The park also provides habitats for many other species of animals other than elephants including species of 94 plants, 21 fish, 12 amphibians, 33 reptiles, 184 birds, 43 mammals and 135 butterflies.

The presence of rich biodiversity in the Udawalawe National Park is an excellent example of an in-situ Conservation area. The park is rich in biodiversity, meaning the diversity among species and genetic variation within the same species and their interactions at all levels and the differences of the environment they live.