Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya
About Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya
Embilipitiya is a small village in southern Sri Lanka situated 158km from Colombo and is the easiest base for Udawalawe Wildlife Sanctuary. The third most visited National Park in the island, Udawalawe is a myriad of interesting flora and fauna helped by the presence of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe river, the surrounding marshes, forests and grasslands.
The park is most famous residents are400 or so elephants. During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants. Macaques and langur monkeys remain in uncleared jungle in the park’s northern section whilst water buffalo and spotted (axis), barking, sambar, and tiny mouse deer tend to frequent the southern, formerly agricultural land. The waterways are home to crocodiles, a myriad of butterflies, and many birds including an endemic Sri Lankan subspecies of jungle fowl, spurfowl, gray hornbills, and red-faced malkohas.
Udawalawe National reservoir was constructed by the damming of the Walawe Ganga, which flows to the south starting from the Samanala ranges. The habitat surrounding the reservoir includes marshes, the Walawe river and its tributaries, forests and grasslands Green algae and blue green algae grow in the reservoir. As the area was formerly a farming region, there is plenty of open grassland which makes spotting elephants easy. There is a plantation of teak beyond the southern boundary, below the dam, which was planted before the declaration of the park.
Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya Hotels
If you are planning a Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya.