Udawalawa lies south of the Central hills of the island, and it surrounds the man-made reservoir of Udawalawa, which is part of the park. It is a mixture of abandoned teak plantation, scrub jungle and grassland and is a major Eco Tourism destination in Sri Lanka. The 30,821 hectares dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1524mm.
Udawalawa is one of the best parks to view Wild Elephants. An estimated 500 Elephants live in herds to up to 100. During a visit, it is not unusual to see a whole herds of adults and young Elephants feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many Water Buffalo, Monitor Lizards, Sambur Deer, Monkeys and the occasional Leopard, as well as being an exciting location for Bird enthusiasts. It is a popular tourist destination and the 3rd most visited park in the country.
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