Sri Lankan elephants are one of the sight to see when visiting Sri Lanka. We read that the best place to see these wild gentle giants is in the Uduwalawa Natural Park which is located on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces. Although smaller than African elephants, Sri Lankan elephants are larger than other Asian subspecies and can weigh up to 5.5 tons.
There are a few hundred Asian elephants in the park so it’s almost a guarantee to see at least one of those mammoths. Park also habits lots of colorful birds, fresh water crocodiles and water buffaloes.
How to get there – using public transportation
The first thing is to know that there is no easy way to travel Udawalawa by using Sri Lankan public transportation, but if you do, the cost is a minimum and definitely experience of lifetime. We decided travel to Udawalawe by train and bus. You can do this trip using only busses but we prefer trains so our first destination was Matara, which has the last train station in south tip of Sri Lanka. Before park we were staying in the Unawatuna Beach, situated near Galle, so our journey started from there. This is how our trip went:
- Train from Unawatuna to Matara
- In Matara walking from Railway Station to Main Bus Station (in Google Maps Bus stand – Matara)
- Bus number 11 from Matara to Embilipitiya
- Bus from Embilipitiya to Udawalawa
- In Udawalawa walking to our hotel