Kaudulla National Park
Kaudulla National Park
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
A safari in the Kaudulla national park in Sri Lanka is a bucket-list aspiration for many tourists, which mean the place is an absolutely incredible wildlife spectacle. Located in the historic city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka, Kaudulla national park presents an ample of opportunities for travellers to spot majestic elephants in their natural habitats. In addition to the elephants, sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, chevrotain, wild boar, Asian spoonbill, grey-headed fish eagle, painted stork and openbill stork are common visuals at the park. Aside from these, one could rarely capture the glimpse of leopard and sloth bear in the forest. Going on a bumpy ride through an evergreen forest of Kaudulla national park along the small trails is a great adventure, wildlife enthusiasts can’t say ‘NO’ to. The Kaudulla reservoir being the life blood to the wildlife of the park, attracts herds of elephants during the dry season from nearby Minneriya, Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya national parks.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Kalana Tennakoon
    Bandarawela, Sri Lanka6 contributions
    Wild Elephants in Sti Lanka
    One of the best place to see elephants. We saw more nearly 100 or more elephants. However we went on a rainy day so couldn’t see all them. Lot of birds are there. It was said, it is better to visit the park in the morning for bird watching and evening to see elephants. We went on the evening. Better to enter before 2.30 p.m. Has to leave the park before 6.00 p.m. Most the elephants were gathered near the lake. Didn’t seem dangerous to the visitors. There were lot of new borns and baby elephants. These elephants usually stay here at Kaudulla or go to Minneriya park. Has to take safari jeeps to enter the park. Usually they know the locations of elephants and take guests to those locations. Cannot get out of the vehicles. Additionally can have a off road experience on jeeps. Eagles and many more birds are there.
    Visited November 2022
    Written April 3, 2023
  • Neil S
    Ludlow, United Kingdom155 contributions
    Amazing elephant watching
    Went for a half day safari in the afternoon and saw at least 200 elephants in multiple groups at close quarters. Beautiful park but do not go if expecting to see more than elephants. Appears to be one way in and one way out. We arrived early but leaving we got stuck by at least 50 vehicles coming in as we were leaving. Being earlier seems to improve your view and you would avoid the chaos. One picture taken on way out when it was busy to illustrate how the viewing changed.... Does not show the sheer number of other vehicles though.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Sakbo K
    Colombo, Sri Lanka28 contributions
    Elephants 🐘
    One of the places to visit if you want to see elephants in herds. Evening safari would be the ideal time to see them travel towards the lake. However too many jeeps in the park and the authorities should regulate the numbers being allowed in for a day. We managed to get to see a little over 100 elephants.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Ruwani K
    Colombo, Sri Lanka26 contributions
    Timeless experience! Many elephants to see!!
    One of the best experiences and worth the money! Best time to leave from damnulla/sigirya is after 1pm.. 2-4pm is a good time to see the elephants. The jeep picked us up From the hotel (stayed at sigirya), it was like a 35mins drive to the park. The driver helps you with the tickets, expect to wait for 20-30mins based on the crowd. It was crowded when we went but we still got a good experience. Charith was our Jeep safari guide. The elephants are lovely, you’ll see many of them, one of the best experiences. It’s best to be quite when your near the elephants, some of the visitors did make noise which wasn’t good because it raises tension for the elephants and they could just run Away or towards.. so best to enjoy quietly!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Stephanie C
    11 contributions
    Best experience of our whole trip!
    Elephants, Elephants and more Elephants! So many I lost count after 30! We did three safaris in Sri Lanka (Yala and Udawalawe too) and here is where we saw the most elephants. Some came within 3/4 meters of the jeeps! We had a few put on a show for us too - cleaning themselves with the water and trumpeting! After a while watching one mum and her baby, our driver turned the jeep on to drive away, this did sadly spook the mum who then started to run at the jeep. Thankfully we got away fine! Such a brilliant experience and would highly recommend! We did an afternoon Safari (1:30 - 5pm) in August.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Csilla
    Budapest, Hungary3 contributions
    Elephants heavon
    It was a very great experience and great time in the national park. We went trough the park with a jeep. We saw many many elephants, very close, some monkeys, peacocks, birds, mongooses and a snake crossed our way. I could recommend you to go to the park. We spent there around 3 hours.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
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Stephanie C
11 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Elephants, Elephants and more Elephants! So many I lost count after 30! We did three safaris in Sri Lanka (Yala and Udawalawe too) and here is where we saw the most elephants. Some came within 3/4 meters of the jeeps! We had a few put on a show for us too - cleaning themselves with the water and trumpeting! After a while watching one mum and her baby, our driver turned the jeep on to drive away, this did sadly spook the mum who then started to run at the jeep. Thankfully we got away fine! Such a brilliant experience and would highly recommend! We did an afternoon Safari (1:30 - 5pm) in August.
Written August 24, 2023
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Neil S
Ludlow, UK155 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Went for a half day safari in the afternoon and saw at least 200 elephants in multiple groups at close quarters.
Beautiful park but do not go if expecting to see more than elephants.
Appears to be one way in and one way out. We arrived early but leaving we got stuck by at least 50 vehicles coming in as we were leaving. Being earlier seems to improve your view and you would avoid the chaos.
One picture taken on way out when it was busy to illustrate how the viewing changed.... Does not show the sheer number of other vehicles though.
Written August 4, 2023
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Julie A
Sandbach, UK77 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
This was an amazing tour for the money charged the tour lasted 3.5 hours. We saw so much wild life in this park including wild boar, peacocks and rare birds. We got up close to elephants and a herd family.

We had an excellent guide who pointed out animals and rare species.
Written December 4, 2022
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Ruwani K
Colombo, Sri Lanka26 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
One of the best experiences and worth the money! Best time to leave from damnulla/sigirya is after 1pm.. 2-4pm is a good time to see the elephants. The jeep picked us up
From the hotel (stayed at sigirya), it was like a 35mins drive to the park. The driver helps you with the tickets, expect to wait for 20-30mins based on the crowd. It was crowded when we went but we still got a good experience. Charith was our Jeep safari guide. The elephants are lovely, you’ll see many of them, one of the best experiences. It’s best to be quite when your near the elephants, some of the visitors did make noise which wasn’t good because it raises tension for the elephants and they could just run
Away or towards.. so best to enjoy quietly!!
Written August 11, 2023
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Gayanath W
5 contributions
Apr 2022
On a good day you can see a large herd of elephants of all sizes. It is an amazing site to see close to 60-70 wild elephants roaming around. Great scenery and can get some really good photos
Written April 13, 2022
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psusc
40 contributions
Dec 2022
Probably the best location in Sri Lanka to watch and experience elephants. Best book a 4 wheel drive which are available. If the driver recommends, get a Tracker for the trip. Will have to buy tickets to enter the park. Overall very good experience.
Written December 23, 2022
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Csilla
Budapest, Hungary3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It was a very great experience and great time in the national park.
We went trough the park with a jeep. We saw many many elephants, very close, some monkeys, peacocks, birds, mongooses and a snake crossed our way.
I could recommend you to go to the park.
We spent there around 3 hours.
Written November 1, 2023
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amano010
Rotterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
Please don't get me wrong, the park itself is beautiful and it's great that there is still a place for animals like elephants to live in their natural habitat.

But... We as people/tourist are totally ruining it. I'm disgusted of meself that I've been one of these people that couldn't resist the temptation to see the few remaining elephants in the wild. And actually paid for it!

This park isn't at all what I expected/hoped it would be. First of all, at the entrance my girl was totally ignored when she wanted to pay for entrance. Only after she became mad and I walked by this jerk finally helped her while he just looked away.

But that wasn't the worst at all. Inside the park it became very clear that this hasn't anything to do with the well being of animals. About 60 jeeps were driving like mad men to be the first reaching the elephants. There isn't a road at all near the lake so lots of grass (the animals' food) were distroyed and many cars got stucked in the mud because of guys who couldn't drive at all. Fact is, those drivers don't need any license and basically there are no rules at all to protect the animals or the natural environment. Jeeps (mostly filled with big, fat white people and Chinese people who acted like they were war heroes) constantly drove closer and closer and blocked the way for other elephants that were looking how to join the group. One mother elephant with 2 kids got very stressed and stormed by the jeeps which could easily have let to trouble. The most disgusting thing was that most of the tourist seemed the enjoy this and didn't realised at all that this elephant behaved like this because she felt she and her babies were in danger.

I will never again visit any park like this. It just business and I've got no idea where all the money goes. One thing is for sure, it isn't used for the well being of those beautiful creatures. So please, don't be as stuped as I was and try to be informed about the national park you want to visit in the future. Hopefully this review helps a little to inform people before they pay lots of money to enter any wildlife parkl
Written November 7, 2015
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True Sri Lanka
Dambulla, Sri Lanka54 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
It was Amazing Safari in Kaudulla National Park. Got to do a safari if your in Habarana or anywhere near these park. Kaudulla national park, Minneriya National park, Hurulu Eco National park. These Three national park have in Habarana. Seen as More than 200 elephant. Elephant, Painted stork, Ibis, Pelican, lesser Adjutant, Gray headed fish eagle, peacock, November is best time to visit.
Written November 7, 2018
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Titus D
Sri Lanka6,910 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
We have to hire a safari keep and it takes about 2 1/ 2 hours. You can see many elephants in herd's at close proximity. You should speak only softly when we are near us. There are other animals like foxes, porkupines, bungalows, Peacocks and other many different kinds of birds.

The roads are not comfortable as they are not in good shape. The extent of the park is 6650 ha and they extent upto the boundry of Somawathiya and Minneriya park.Take your water and something to eat when doing the safari.
Written December 26, 2019
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Kaudulla National Park - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)