Placed in the East Coast in the dry zone of the country, Udawalawe is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephants and water birds . It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country. The park is said to be approximately 30,821 hectares in extent and it is famed as one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see Elephants as it is Sri Lanka’s largest Elephant reserve. The best time for sighting of these Elephants is 6-10am and 4-6.30pm.
Other creatures such as Deer especially the endangered Sambar Deer, Leopard, Water Buffalo, Sloth Bears, Crocodiles and Reptiles can be spotted if one was to go on safari in this park. This park is also favoured by bird-watchers and a highlight on one of these trips would be the spotting of a Sri Lankan Spur-fowl which is endemic to the country.