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Kaudulla National Park

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Best Time: July - December Read More

Ideal duration: 1 - 2 Days

Nearest Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka Check Flights

"Fulling exposure to the wild side of nature"

Kaudulla National Park Tourism

It has been in existence for many years now, but it was given the recognition of a national park only in April 2002. The park spreads over 6656 hectares, and it is connected to the Somawathie Chaitiya Park and the Minneriya Wildlife Park. A reserve turned national park, Kaudulla sees herds of elephants families usually around 350 of them.

The trees of Kaudulla have fauna of all variants – endemic, endangered animals and birds too. Flora consists of tropical dry mixed evergreen forests, chena lands, grasslands and wetlands with many species of small shrubs. This ecosystem is a perfect marriage of fauna and flora. The park is not all barren land; there are pools of water where the elephants usually hold their gatherings in the summer. There are travel guides in the park to offer assistance of any kind and the locals animal experts to care for the animals. The birds that soar across the lands and perch on the trees are any photographer’s delight.

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Timings and Entry Fee

The entrance fee is around INR 1280 - INR 2700 for foreigners and is open between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Tips to Travel to Kaudulla

Dambulla and Sigiriya are the closest places to stay near Kaudulla and has species of birds visiting as well. Make sure to carry a bottle of water and a pair of goggles to keep hydrated in the heat.

Jeep Safari and Elephant Watching in Kaudulla

Jeep safari comprises of a driver and a tour guide who know their way around Kaudulla National park. There are two jeep safari slots - the morning slot which starts at 5.30 AM or the afternoon slot at 2.30 PM. Elephants gather around the afternoon; hence, the second slot will be a better option. It takes about 4 hours to go around Kaudulla. The jeep safari costs around INR 3189 and is inclusive of a private safari jeep, Kaudulla National Park entry fees and a pick-up/ drop to your place of accommodation if it falls within five kilometres from the park’s main entrance.

Wildlife in Kaudulla

There are 24 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, nine species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, and 75 species of butterflies. Waterbirds like the white pelican, ruddy turnstone, stork, and grey heron; endemic birds are Sri Lankan jungle fowl, hanging parrot, brown-capped babbler, grey hornbill, black-crested bulbul and Crimson-fronted barbet; amphibians like Red-lipped Lizard. Water and Land Monitors, mugger crocodile; purple-faced langur and toque macaque, sambar deer and Sri Lankan axis deer. Even Rare and endangered species such as Sri Lankan leopard and Sri Lankan sloth bear and slender grey loris.

Food in Kaudulla

The Wadiya, Girithale, Rivonway and Niranjan restaurant are some food joints that are frequented by tourists who visit Kaudulla. They specialise in Sri Lankan cuisine – appam, kottu roti, curry, lamprais, dal and fish thiyal as well as continental - pizza, burger and salads.

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