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Kaudulla National Park
The wildlife sanctuary was designated a National Park in 2002 and serves as a elephant corridor for migrating Elephants from Minneriya and Wasgamuwa National Parks in the north central and the Somawathiya National Park in the north east regions.
Kaudulla Jeep Safari – The Ultimate Guide
Sri Lanka has over 26 National Parks listed and if you are visiting Sri Lanka for a vacation visiting one or more of its Safari destinations is a must. It’s a popular activity in your itinerary. Among these national parks Kaudulla National park is one of the most eminent park of Sri Lanka to spot wild Elephants. Kaudulla national park is home for more than 200+ Wild Elephants, Monkeys, Crocodiles and even some Leopards. Kaudulla national park is connected to Somawathiya national park and Minneriya national park. Both of them are best places to spot wild Elephants. It will take around 3hours and 20 minutes in a vehicle to reach Kaudulla National Park from Colombo.
Kaudulla National park has been declared as a national park in 2002 and it has visitors from all around the world. In the dry season all the wild Elephants in the surrounding national parks such as Kaudulla, Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya come together in Minneriya national park for the unofficial ceremony famous as “The Gathering”.
Kaudulla National Park Map
Below added is the map of kaudulla national park for your convenience and if look closely you can find out that most of the national parks in Sri Lanka are interconnected to each other letting wild animals to roam in and out from one national park to another.
What is the Climate of the Kaudulla National Park?
The area is situated in dry zone of Sri Lanka and receives an average rainfall of 1,500–2,000 millimetres (59–79 in). The lowest temperature and highest of the park are 20.6 °C (69.1 °F) and 34.5 °C (94.1 °F) respectively. The main sources of water for the tank are a diversion of Amban River and Elahera canal. The wet season lasts during the north eastern monsoon from October to January and from May to September considered as the dry season. The main habitats of Kaudulla are of several types, including low-canopy montane forests, intermediate high-canopy secondary forests, scrublands, abandoned chena lands, grasslands, rocky outcrops, and wetlands.
What is the Best time to go on a Kaudulla Jeep Safari?
Kaudulla Jeep Safari can be done in the morning or afternoon. The morning kaudulla jeep safari is starting from 5:30 am in the morning and lasts for around 4-5 hours and the afternoon Kaudulla Jeep safari is starting from 2:30 pm in the evening and this also lasts around 4-5 hours.
If you want to explore the Kaudulla national park the best way is to go on a Jeep Safari in Kaudulla national park. If you have been in safaris before there may have been disappointing times where you won’t spot a single wild animal, but we will guarantee that you will see lot of wild animals roaming freely in Kaudulla national park when you indulge in Kaudulla jeep safari ride.
When you book a Kaudulla jeep safari it will include the Safari jeep, Kaudulla national park entrance fee and pickup and drop off at your accommodation based in Habarana, Dambulla or Sigiriya.it will cost you around $65 per person for Kaudulla jeep safari.
If you are willing to go on a Kaudulla jeep safari we will recommend you to choose evening Kaudulla jeep safari. This is the time where most of wild elepahnts come near Kaudulla tank for the evening drink, snack and have a little chit-chat with one another. And there are other wild animals that you can see that have come for a drink in the evening Kaudulla jeep safari.