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Udawattekele Sanctuary

Wewelpitiya Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #6 of 30 Attractions in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Doha, Qatar
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Having to pay the steep entrance fees along with the safari charges and guide tips - certainly not worth just to see few elephants. Safari in some other national parks around the world are far far better. Just another commercial establishment like the many others in Srilanka.

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Ayampe, Ecuador
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I was completely alone and in 20 minutes walk from Kandy center I felt like I was in a real jungle/forest with monkeys swinging around and peace in the air. Tip: Watch out for leeches. Little ones that will sneakily to your shoe and then to your ankle :) Don't be scared of that. Go check it out for some... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The Forest is located with in the city and no one would assume a natural, tropical forest to be located in once a Capital City. A walk through the forest will make you close to the nature. You can observe many flora and fauna. The forest is well preserved and protected and dropping litter and plastic is prohibited. Be a... More

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Gland, Switzerland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This forest is quite dense and it gives a break from the buzz in Kandy. We saw wild boars, an owl, a snake and many birds.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Nice and peaceful walk in a forest. You can see many animals like monkeys, agamas, etc. You will get a map at entrance. You need about 2 hours for it.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A breath of fresh air (so to speak in the heat) after the center of Kandy. A beautiful forest with one side a beautiful view of the city but quite noisy as close to the road. On the other you are surrounded by nature with very few visitors, damage some cars or motorcycles go through some trails. Another bad point,... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Udawattekele forest is close to the centre of KANDY and very easy to reach by tuctuc taxi. There are views toward the city and kandy lake . Easy broad paths that lead through the tropical forest around the pond. A lot of rainforest birds can be heard and spiders and monkeys can be seen. recommended.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

After three days hill walking in the tea plantation of Sri Lanka at 3000mtrs we decided to have a rest day today in Kandy. That lasted till 12noon when the hotel manager suggested that we go to the rain forest for a walk. One tuk tuk later, We headed in with our map and local emergence phone, provided by the... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I took a recording kit and spent a good half a day visiting this place, which is located in a forest within the city. the birds insects and other creatures including monkeys produce a cocktail of sound which is fascinating and amazing to listen too.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great opportunity to get up close to an elephant, be prepared though the handlers will expect paying, but well worth the 1000 rupees I paid, excellent experience.

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