Costs

Half day : $50

Full day : $100

Uda Walawe

If you like elephants, Uda Walawe is the place to visit. There can be up to 500 in the park at any one point and more are being added all the time from the nearby elephant orphanage, which you can also visit.

Unlike the elephant orphanage at Pinnawala near Kandy, you cannot touch the elephants at the Uda Walawe Transit Home since the aim is to integrate them back into established herds in the wild. But you can still watch the babies being bottle bed at set feeding times during the day.

The park itself is situated to the south of the hill country and tea plantations, or north of Tissamaharama and Yala. It comprises a mixture of shrub jungle, grasslands and abandoned teak and banana plantations.

As well as elephants there are also plenty of birds, monkeys, wild boar and buffalo.

We can pick you up from hotels close to the park, or we can pick you up from nearby towns such as Tissa and add in additional journey time so you spend the same amount of time in the park and elephant orphanage.

Half-day safaris start from as early as 5am depending on how close you are staying and end around 11am. Afternoon safaris run from 2pm to 7pm. Camping nearby is also available.