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Udawattekele Sanctuary

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A pleasant forest reserve, but not much for wildlife..

This is promoted as a lush, quiet rainforest, but there are roads through it and some traffic... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Away from it all - scehnic forest reserve a few steps from Kandy town

We spent an hour and a half walking and exploring beautiful Udawattekele. This had been on my... read more

Reviewed December 14, 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

This is promoted as a lush, quiet rainforest, but there are roads through it and some traffic noise. The forest is beautiful and of special note is a giant liana (vine) about the diameter of my let that cork-screws over a couple of acres of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dough0529
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Steep climb up to the entrance but once inside the park it's pretty easy walking on wide pathways. Took about an hour to walk the loop. I entered at 4 pm and was under the assumption they closed at 6 pm. Glad I didn't dawdle,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank JMK_The_Wanderer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a rainforest created and preserved by the British Colonials where the film Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed with flying bats crowding the skies as the background. The flying bats are still there in thousands and so are many types of birds.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank KandyNick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Considering we were in the sanctuary for around 3 hours, we didn't encounter many other people, and we couldn't believe we were still in Kandy. This is the perfect way to escape the hubbub of the city and see a lot of wildlife. We saw...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Christine D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful forest with perfectly marked paths. There is a short 3km circuit or a longer 5km one. We spent a bit over an hour here. We saw loads of monkeys and some deer.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nikko1974UK
Reviewed December 14, 2018

We spent an hour and a half walking and exploring beautiful Udawattekele. This had been on my bucket list for years and was so I glad to be able to check it off. Gorgeous plant life - interestingly shaped - branches and roots that reminded...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Devi2013
Reviewed December 10, 2018

A good place to get away from the noise of the city. This is a proper rain forest with wild animals who tend to run away and hide from humans. I saw monkeys, wild boar, and some deer, plus an eagle, hornbills, and other tropical...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dicksurreywoking_UK
Reviewed December 4, 2018

Spent a couple of hours walking around the sanctuary and all we saw were a few monkeys. No birds at all. We did however get attacked by lots of leeches! Some local families were wandering around with children, this was probably the reason why there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gerry C
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

I spent two and a half hours walking around Udawattekele this morning and very pleasant it was too. As others have said it’s hard to believe that your in the centre of Kandy. In some places there is no traffic noise at all. Deer and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank WantageDavid
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Typical forest, has walking paths inside. Good for a quick stroll or long walk. Makes sure to check the map/ask for the proper directions beforehand

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 13, 2018|
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Response from WantageDavid | Reviewed this property |
It is 650 rupees
Binara Buddhika A
August 20, 2017|
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Response from Eddychahine | Reviewed this property |
Hi, You can find tour guides on site.
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July 1, 2017|
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Response from Inosha W | Reviewed this property |
There were no snakes as such, especially if you stick to the well paved paths. Don't take detours and you'll be fine. But frankly, I took a couple of teenagers with me the last time I was there and they practically crawled... More
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Sydney, Australia
Good driver and car in Sri Lanka (3 Replies)
My friends and I travelled to Sri Lanka around the end the June. Thanks to the driver and the car Tharindu recommended, we had a really nice time there . The car is brand new and comfortable. Our driver was very nice and patient. The price is fair and reasonable. The price we got quoted was easy to understand and no hidden charge at all. Day 1: We took observation train from Colombo to Kandy in the early morning. Our driver picked us up at Kandy train station. During the day, we've...More
July 06, 2014|
Response fromtharinduc|
Wow, thanks for the compliments and glad you enjoyed the trip :) I would certainly recommend the same driver to anyone interested. cheers Tharindu
Leiria, Portugal
7 days itinerary in March/April (13 Replies)
Hello all, I'm traveling to Sri Lanka with my sister on 27/03 and we'll only have 7 days there :( I know the time is very short and we would like to do a bit of everything which is a good start for a terrible experience. Nevertheless I would like to ask for your opinion on this draft: We'll hire a car driver. We plan to follow his recommendations for places to stop etc but here are the main places we would like to visit Day 0 We land at 23:55 so we'll sleep in Negombo Day 1 ...More
February 25, 2018|
Response fromErikandSandya|
Hi there, Too packed. D1 works if you take cab, be midday Dambulla, and then climb Sigiriya 3 PM or so. Impossible by bus as that takes 6 hours to reach the area. D3 Well Nanu Oya is _3_ hours by cab, and 4 hours by buses, from Kandy. And that train, often 1 hour late, does the nicest stretch to Ella after dark D5 Not a logical route, Haputale is before Ella If by public transport and one week, I'd pick two closeby regions only. Hence e.g. Ella-UW-Galle area or Sigiriya (including...More
Suggested itinerary for 8 nights in Sri Lanka (1 Replies)
Plan to arrive in Colombo 18 Sep and leave 26 Sep. A suggested itinerary (with possible attractions) is below: Colombo overnight before train/bus to Ella for 2 nights (Ella Rock, 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adam's Peak, Ella Spice Garden) Ella to Kandy by train 2 nights (Tooth Temple, Udawattekele Sanctuary, Buddhist Museum, View Point, Royal Palace & shopping) Kandy to Polonnaruwa by bus/car 1 night (Polonnaruwa, Gal Virhara, Lankathilaka Image House) To Dambulla by bus/car 1 night (Cave...More
May 15, 2018|
Response fromErikandSandya|
Hi there, Very packed if by public transport, easier by car-driver. No balloon rides, these are Nov-Apr. First step bus 99 to Bandarawela and then transfer Ella (or same route by car-driver), this way no backtrack; pick 1 base Dambulla/Pruwa/Sigiriya/Habarana as these are close together. <Erik> & [Sandya]