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"Beautiful Town of Ratnapura"

Embilipitiya Tourism

This place acts as a base or a pitstop for Udawalawe National Park. Back in the 70s, the town only featured two to three small boutiques. And because of the Udawalawe development project, the town is now thriving, and it boasts one of the modern infrastructures in Sri Lanka.

Now, because of the Greater Hambantota development project, it is turning out to be a commercial centre and a central hub in the country. This agricultural town is very close to Mattala International Airport as the six-lane road that leads to the airport connects from here. It is also the nearest city if visitors want to explore Sooriyawewa International Cricket Stadium.

Embilipitiya, in general, doesn’t feature many attractions or things to do. And because of this, visitors can’t find many accommodation options in this town. But, Udawalawe, which is less than 25 kilometres away includes some of the famous attractions and also a range of accommodations, to spend the perfect getaway. 

Things to do near Embilipitiya

1. Udawalawe National Park: Nestled between the borders of Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces in Sri Lanka, the Udawalawe National Park is a wildlife sanctuary that shelters animals who have lost their habitat due to the of the construction and development of the Udawalawe Reservoir near the Walawe River. This 30,821-hectare park was established in 1972. Other than the famous elephant sightings, visitors can also witness leopards and several other mammals and bird species. The Sanctuary is also renowned as the third most visited attraction in the country. 

2. Udawalawe Reservoir and Dam: Established several decades ago, Udawalawe Reservoir and Dam is one of the prime landmarks in the area. Nestled in the centre of the national park, this site comprises a hydropower station and a dam constructed across the Walawe River. Along with the occasional elephant excursion, the dam also provides power and irrigation.

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What is the best time to visit Embilipitiya?

March and July is the best time to visit Embilipitiya as the weather is quite favourable for tourist activities. This period is also considered as the high season in the year, which means flight and accommodation prices are expected to shoot up. 

The temperatures between January to February and April have a high humidity of 70%, which will cause slight uneasiness to visitors. But it is also a good time for sightseeing. And the time from May to June seems to be the harshest weather to combat with excruciating heat. The peak season to visit, and for a good reason is from August to December when the weather is pretty cold with the lowest humidity.
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What are the places near Embilipitiya?

The top places near to Embilipitiya are Galle which is 74 km from Embilipitiya, Nuwara eliya which is located 70 km from Embilipitiya, Colombo which is located 128 km from Embilipitiya, Kandy which is located 110 km from Embilipitiya, Sigiriya which is located 182 km from Embilipitiya

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