Sri Lanka Travel Tours

Udawalawe Safari Day Tour

Udawalawe Safari Day Tour

Departing from Colombo or as per your request

Udawalawe National Park is the best National Park in Sri Lanka if you want to see Elephants at close quarters. This is a very exciting day trip from Colombo, and the drive is approximately four hours from Colombo. Once you arrive in Udawalawe, we suggest that you have lunch in a restaurant recommended by our driver prior to starting the Safari game drive. Our driver will organize the jeeps and tickets on your behalf. Usually the safari will take 3 to 4 hours, and the scheduled exit from the park is approximately at 6 p.m., which is the time we start the return journey to Colombo. A visit to the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home before the game drive is a good idea, where you would be able to see the feeding of Baby Elephants. This can only be visited during feeding times, so it is advisable that you visit this place before lunch.

Safari Game Drive in Udawalawe National Park during the Udawalawe Day tour Udawalawe National Park is located approximately 230 km south-east of Colombo city and is a major ecotourism destination in Sri Lanka. The 30,821-hectare dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.4°C. It is most famous for the many Elephants that live there (about 400 in total).

During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants feeding, bathing, and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many Water Buffalo, Water monitors, Lizards, Sambar Deer, monkeys, and the occasional Leopard, as well as being an exciting location for Bird enthusiasts.

A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders that this protected reserve has to offer, and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.

Visiting Udawalawe Elephant Orphanage during the Udawalawe Day Tour the Elephant Transit Home, owned by the Department of Wild Life Conservation (DWLC), was established on October 6, 1995, at Udawalawe National Park. On September 24, 2003, the elephant transit home opened, completely funded by the Born Free Federation of the UK, which also funds post-release studies run by the University of Colombo, monitoring the orphans with the help of radio collars once they have been returned to the wild. The difference between Ath Athuru Sevena and the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala is that at the Transit Home, these baby elephants, once cared for, are released to the wild when they reach a certain age.


  • Pick up from the Colombo hotel and transfer to Udawalawe (approximately 4 hours’ drive).
  • Lunch at a recommended restaurant
  • Visit the Udawalawe baby Elephant Orphanage, “Eth Athuru Sewana.”
  • Afternoon safari from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Udawalawe National Park to see Asian Elephants in their natural habitat and not to forget the other species such as Crocodiles, Spotted deer, and many varieties of birds
  • Transfer back to Colombo: approximately 4 hours’ drive
Places of visit during this trip
  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Baby Elephant Orphanage of Udawalawe