Udawalawe FAQ & Tips


Drive from Colombo –
It takes about 4-5 hours.

Park opening hours –
6a.m to 6p.m

Mode of game drive –
By Jeep

How we can arrange the transportation from hotels away in Udawalawe?

We can arrange taxi for you. Don’t worry if you are staying far away from Udawalawe, we can pick up from your hotels for safari. Our friendly drivers will pick you up and drop you off from air port, any hotel or anywhere inside the island. Please contact us for arrange taxi service.

Can we definitely see Elephants?

You have 99% chance to see the Elephants. Udawalawe is the one of best place to see Asian Elephants on earth.

Why don’t the Sri Lankan elephants have tusks?

Only 6% of male Asian elephants have tusks, which is why it is rare to spot a tusker in Sri Lanka

What should we wear on the safari?

Light clothing in natural colors is best for the safaris. A jumper for the early morning drive can also be useful as sometimes it can be a little chilly. Don’t worry too much about shoes, flip flops will do just fine since you will be in the jeep the whole time

I’m traveling with children; will it be too boring for them?

We find that children generally enjoy their safaris as much as adults. Experiencing the jungle can be a fascinating and educational experience for kids and we try to make it as fun as possible for them.

What is the maximum number of people in each jeep?

The maximum number of people in each jeep is 6.

Are there any do’s and don’ts whilst on safari?

Don’t wander off by yourself, don’t wear perfume or perfumed products as the smells can really affect the animals, do have fun!

Are we allowed to smoke at the Park?

No, smoking is prohibited inside the park.

 

Weather in Udawalawe

Udawalawe National is situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and the climate is hot and humid. The mean annual temperature is 27 degrees Celsius, although in the dry season temperatures can reach 37 Celsius during the hottest part of the day. Rains bring relief to the fauna and flora during the North east monsoon from November to January. Rains are frequent but usually last only for an hour or so a day, bringing respite to the heat of the day and quickly giving way to sunny skies. Some of the best photographic opportunities present themselves when the jungle takes on a richer color palette during the monsoon with seasonal flowers and lush green vegetation. Unpredictable inter-monsoonal rains occur in March or April. This period from October to April can be the best time of year to view Elephants and migratory birds. The birds fly thousands of kilometers to avoid the harsh winter conditions from as far north as Siberia to Yala/ Udawalawe/ Bundala, one of the most southern points of their migration.

The main dry season spreads from May/June to October. The park is particularly dusty during this time of year and many water holes dry up and others become concentrated with fish allowing the birdlife and crocodiles to make easy pickings. Leopards and other mammals with distinct ranges can be forced to come to specific waterholes to get a drink. This time of year is ideal to spot elephants, buffalo, spotted deer, wild boar, eagles, owls and kingfishers whilst you are on a safari.

Elephants and other wildlife can be viewed all year round in, we recommend visiting Udawalawe at any time of the year. Unlike parks in India and Africa it is possible to visit and travel around Udawalawe during the wet season. The possibility of rain should not dampen your spirits.
Should it a heavy rain you will be protected from fully covered covers on our Luxury jeeps. During sunshine hours after heavy rainfall many animals such as Elephants may come out into the sun to dry themselves. Please be aware that the weather in Sri Lanka can be erratic and the seasons here are continually shifting. No weather is predictable.

Weather in Yala

Yala National is situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and the climate is hot and humid.
The mean annual temperature is 27 degrees Celsius, although in the dry season temperatures can reach 37 Celsius during the hottest part of the day. Rains bring relief to the fauna and flora during the North east monsoon from November to January. Rains are frequent but usually last only for an hour or so a day, bringing respite to the heat of the day and quickly giving way to sunny skies. Some of the best photographic opportunities present themselves when the jungle takes on a richer color palette during the monsoon with seasonal flowers and lush green vegetation. Unpredictable inter-monsoonal rains occur in March or April. This period from October to April can be the best time of year to view elephants and migratory birds. The birds fly thousands of kilometers to avoid the harsh winter conditions from as far north as Siberia to Yala, one of the most southern points of their migration.

The main dry season spreads from May/June to October. The park is particularly dusty during this time of year and many water holes dry up and others become concentrated with fish allowing the birdlife and crocodiles to make easy pickings. Leopards and other mammals with distinct ranges can be forced to come to specific waterholes to get a drink. This time of year is ideal to spot elephants, buffalo, spotted deer, wild boar, eagles, owls and kingfishers whilst you are on a safari.

Leopards and other wildlife can be viewed all year round in, we recommend visiting Yala at any time of the year. Unlike parks in India and Africa it is possible to visit and travel around Yala during the wet season. The possibility of rain should not dampen your spirits.
Should it a heavy rain you will be protected from fully covered covers on our Luxury jeeps. During sunshine hours after heavy rainfall many animals such as leopards may come out into the sun to dry themselves. Please be aware that the weather in Sri Lanka can be erratic and the seasons here are continually shifting. No weather is predictable.

What to pack

Soft, lightly colored clothing that blends with nature
Sunscreen
Jumper for Morning drives
Good camera
Binoculars
Extra memory cards, batteries
Sun glasses
Sun hat or cap
Scarf or Dust mask for dust protection
Swimwear (For Full day safaris and choose to swim in the river)
Personal items

Do’s and Don’ts

Avoid wearing white and other bright colors while on safari
Don’t take anything from the park
Use water sparingly
Never leave your vehicle except at designated get off points where it is permitted to do so
Whisper at sightings, a loud human voice may disturb animals and cause them to charge their behavior and movements
Be conscious of wrappers and other litter flying out of your vehicle
Always keep children under strict supervision and never allowed to wonder away
Never feed the animals and always keeps a safe distance from them

Every time you enter to a nature reserve you’re stepping to a world of discovery a place where beauty, enchantment, and wonder are everywhere. Here the unexpected can always expected, an unforgettable journey waits for you. Enjoy the adventure with us.