With herds of elephants, wild buffalo and sambar deer, Uda Walawe is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. The park’s 30,281 hectares centre on the large Uda Walawe Reservoir, fed by the Walawe River.
Uda Walawe is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see elephants. There are about 500 in the park in herds of up to 50. Besides that there are also mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, water monitor lizards, crocodiles and sloth bears. There are 30 varieties of snakes and a wealth of birdlife.