Elephants in the long grass of Udwalawe National Park

Udawalawe and Embilipitiya

About Udawalawe National Park and Embilipitiya

Embilipitiya is a small village, situate in southern Sri Lanka, this is rapidly becoming a commercial hub thanks to its convenient location next to the famous Udawalawe National Park. With numerous accommodation options and a well-made traveller infrastructure, this village provides a fantastic base for those seeking to venture into the leafy confines of the nearby reserve. 158km from Colombo, Embilipitiya is easy to access and has its own unique charm.

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The third most visited National Park on the island, Udawalawe has 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's most famous residents are 400 or so elephants. During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants. Macaques and monkeys remain in uncleared jungle in the park’s northern section whilst water buffalo and various species of deer tend to frequent the southern part.

The waterways are home to crocodiles, a myriad of butterflies, and many birds including an endemic Sri Lankan subspecies of jungle fowl. 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 also a plantation of teak beyond the southern boundary, below the dam, which was planted before the declaration of the park.

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Udawalawe National Park and Embilipitiya Hotels

If you are planning a Udawalawe National Park 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:

Centauria Tourist Hotel Udawalawe National Park and Embilipitiya

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Centauria is a chic hotel with comfortable rooms that have balconies overlooking the gorgeous lake. Nothing compares to the spectacle of the setting sun reflecting off the still water. Both eastern and western food is available at the buffet that takes place in the hotel's dining room. Fresh fish from the surrounding lake is barbecued for the pleasure of the guests and special healthy meals are also on offer. The Centauria Hotel lies on the edge Chandrika reservoir, close to the small town of Embilipitiya, and just south of the Udawalawe national park.

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