The Uda Walawe Reservoir was built on Walawe River which displaced the animals and hence the National park was created to protect them. This is the best place to see the elephants in their wild habitat and also for bird watching. The park has grasslands, marches, forests, river and tributaries. 135 species of butterfly, 94 varieties of plants, 43 mammals, 184 species of birds, 12 kinds of amphibians along with 33 reptiles have made this national park their home.
The elephant lovers feel blessed to be at this place because one finds elephants everywhere, the count touching 500. Camping, picnic, safari, scrub forests, thick grasslands, rich plantations, red-alert wild animals, are a few things to name. The park contains much more to offer, something that is beyond explanation and beyond description.
1)Hambantota, a place of salt lakes, is just a few hours drive from this park. The renowned novel "Village in the Jungle" and Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse' were set in the village of Hambantota.
2) Apart from the shared safari jeep, you can hire a jeep for yourself, but that is possible only during early mornings and late evenings. Though it might cost a little extra, but then you get to keep the whole forest and its residents to yourself and enjoy as long as you want.
1)Carry you camera, sunscreen, binoculars and hat, as the weather gets hot during the afternoon.
2)You can donate a few coins towards the betterment of the animals.
1) Avoid making shrill and loud sounds as that might agitate the wild animals, disturbing the fun of your safari.
2) Do not litter the place and do not carry plastic inside, as many animals are found dead because of the swallowed plastic.
3) Do not throw food at the animals, directly. If you want to offer anything, give it at the office and they would add it to the food they give to the animals that contains special nutrients.
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