Udawalawe Safari Tour

Udawalawa National Park is one of the best national parks in Sri Lanka if you want to see elephants up close.

This is a very exciting day trip. Once you arrive in Udawalawa, we recommend that you have breakfast in one of our recommended restaurants in Udawalawa or have your breakfast in prepared breakfast packs.

In the middle of the national park before the start of the safari game drive, I will organize your jeeps and entry tickets. Normally the safari lasts 3 to 4 hours. A visit to the Udawalawa Elephant Transit Home before or after the game drive is a good idea where you can see the feeding of baby elephants. This can only be visited during feeding times.

Udawalawa National Park is a major ecotourism destination in Sri Lanka. The 30,821 hectare wildlife park in the dry zone has an annual temperature of 29.4 degrees Celsius. It is best known for the many elephants that live there (around 400 in total).

When visiting this main attraction, it is not unusual to see entire herds of adult and young elephants feeding or bathing and playing in the water. The park is also home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, samba deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard and is an exciting place for bird lovers.

A 4WD open top safari is the only way to see all the wonders this nature reserve has to offer and our experienced and knowledgeable naturalist guide makes this an unforgettable experience.

At a glance

What you will experience

Go on a jeep safari

See elephants

Watch birds


Length of the tour

1 Day


Please contact us

Best time for this tour

All Seasons




What do you need on this tour

- Comfortable and airy clothing

- Suncream

- Insect repellent

- Sunglasses


From the hotel to the tour attractions and back to the hotel


Udawalawe National Park

This park was originally created as a refuge for wildlife that lost their homes due to the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawa River. It was declared a national park in 1972 with 31,000 hectares of landscape and is now home to several species of plants, animals and birds. Not only is it a popular attraction for tourists, but it is also frequently visited by locals.

Elephant Transit Home

The Transit Home is a lively place. Feeding the calves with milk every three hours is a recurring task 365 days a year. The concept of this facility is to care for the orphaned elephant calves until they can fend for themselves and are released back into the wild.

What you can't miss

See the elephants of Sri Lanka

One of the largest reservoirs in the country

Milk feeding baby elephants

Good to know


There are many recommended local cafes and restaurants where you can have a snack or lunch.

This tour has a water flat rate, we provide you with an unlimited amount of water bottles.


The Sri Lankan rupee. You may want to bring a small amount of local currency for drinks, meals, tips, and souvenirs.

Real people, real experiences

How they experienced it

We have just got home from the most incredible stay in Sri Lanka. We booked 3 day tours with Tony: Bentota, Galle and Udawalawe. All of the tours were absolutely amazing, full itineraries were given before hand and we had a truly amazing experience on each tour. We did two of our tours with Tony's son and the other with Tony and both of them were so kind, knowledgeable and accommodating- nothing was too much. We had our 1.5 year old son with us and they helped with him so much, picking him up and caring for him. I can't express how brilliant this trip was and it was made all possible by Tony and son. Very grateful for them. If you are thinking of booking with Tony then dont hestitate, you will not regret it! Thank you so much, hopefully see you next year!