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.