10 Hours Jeep Safari tour itinerary for Negombo, Colombo & Udawalawe National Park: Book An Afternoon Wilderness Safari
Negombo, Colombo, Udawalawe National Park
Spot a diverse species of wildlife like herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar and spotted deer, giant squirrel, and more in Uda Walawe NP. The park, which centres on the 308.2-sq-km Uda Walawe Reservoir, is lightly vegetated, but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy.
Udawalawe National Park
Embark on a wildlife safari in Udawalawe National Park. This park is in the southern dry-zone of Sri Lanka and spans approximately 31,000 hectares, providing for ample elephant safari opportunities as well as observing the park’s other Sri Lankan wildlife.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Negombo/Colombo)
Meals: Bottled water, and lunch x 1
Transportation: Private transport, air-conditioned vehicle
Fee: All entrance fee included
Afternoon Udawalawe Safari: With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar and spotted deer, and giant squirrel, this Sri Lankan national park is one of the nation's finest wildlife sanctuaries. In fact, for elephant-watching, Uda Walawe often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks. The park, which centres on the 308.2-sq-km Uda Walawe Reservoir, is lightly vegetated, but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy.
The park straddles two provinces in the south of Sri Lanka and includes the Udawalawe Reservoir. The Udawalawe National Park is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and is second in popularity only to the Yala National Park. The dry land area of the Udawalawe National Park is about 119 square miles excluding the reservoir, which is approximately 29,000 hectares. The Udawalawe Reservoir is situated within the boundaries of the Park and draws its water from the Horton Plains Reserve, the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and the Haputale area. The reservoir has become an important area for breeding aquatic birds.
Udawalawe National Park is home to Sri Lankan wildlife such as the Rusty-spotted Cat, Fishing Cat and the Sri Lankan Leopard. Other species include the Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Sri Lankan Axis Deer, Indian Muntjac, Sri Lankan Spotted Chevrotain, Wild Boar and Water Buffalo. Presence of the Golden Jackal, Asian Palm Civet, Toque Macaque, Tufted Grey Langur and the Indian Hare has also been recorded. Large numbers of Golden Palm Civets are present here along with five species of mice, Indian Bush Rat and three species of Mongoose.
An incredible total of 183 bird species have been recorded as inhabiting the Park and many others pass through on their migratory routes, making Udawalawe National Park a great place for a memorable bird safari.
The avifauna includes large numbers of Warblers, together with the usual low country birds in forested areas, and a variety of raptors. Waterbirds observed on the reservoir include rare visitors such as the Indian Cormorant and Osprey. Notable endemic species are the Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Malabar pied hornbill and the Brown-capped Babbler.
Reptiles in Udawalawe National park Sri Lanka: Udawalawe National Park is also home to Oriental Garden Lizards, Painted-lip Lizards, Mugger Crocodiles, Water Monitors, Bengal Monitors and 30 species of snake. Oreochromis spp, Giant gourami, Catla and Rohu are important species of fish found in the reservoir.
Endemic Flora in Udawalawe National Park Sri Lanka: Originally densely forested, savanna grasslands and thorn-scrub now predominate the Park. Much of the forest was destroyed by chena - slash and burn - cultivation. Scattered trees, constituting 20-50 percent of existing cover, are mainly Satin, Ehala and Lunumidella. In the riverine forest, Kumbuk and the endemic Mandorang trees are dominant.
Negombo, Colombo, Udawalawe National Park
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