About Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe national park is the third most popular national park among tourists in Sri Lanka. The main wildlife attraction of Udawalawe national park are the water birds, elephants and reptiles. The most enjoyed animal in this park are the Sri Lankan elephants that are number more than 500. Udawalawe is located 170 km. South East of Colombo, and is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent. This Park comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs and many valuable species of trees are found within it. Large herds of Elephants and Deer species such as spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in Udawalawe national park, alongwith a variety of avifauna is seen.
Udawalawe was created as a national park to provided habitat to the wildlife that got displaced due to the construction of Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe reservoir.