Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka

Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has over 26 national parks and going on a safari is a popular activity during a usual Sri Lanka Route. Kaudulla National Park is one of the best national parks to spot Elephants in Sri Lanka. It is home to 200+ elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, and even a handful of leopards. The park has opened in 2002, is surrounded by grasslands, and can be visited year-round to see elephants and other great wildlife. See why this is the best national park in Sri Lanka.

Safari in Kaudulla National Park

Safaris in Kaudulla National Park can be done in the morning or afternoon. The afternoon safaris are less busy, but it is better to spot elephants. The tour takes about 4 to 5 hours, including a private jeep, park entrance fee, pick-up, and drop-off at your hotel in Dambulla or Sigiriya. It should cost you about 6250 LKR ($40) per person.

If you’re wondering about the entrance fee, this is 2700 LKR ($18) per person.

Best time to visit Kaudulla National Park

The best time to visit Kaudulla is between July and December but as mentioned before, this is a year-round destination. The photos included in this article are all shot in March. The Gathering around the water reservoir takes place in the dry season from July to October.

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Most of the travelers come to a national park in Sri Lanka to spot elephants. Herds of elephants can be spotted in this park, even with small elephant babies!

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Besides elephants, there is so much more to see. Peacocks, small black bears, crocodiles, deer, many monkeys, and beautifully colored birds. And while the park is not visited to see leopards, our driver said that the day before us, they spotted one with two babies crossing the road.

Why visit Kaudulla National Park?

Kaudulla is next to Minneriya National Park, which is his much popular big brother. There are just a few jeeps in the Kaudulla compared than all the other national parks in Sri Lanka.

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Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka

It’s not touristy at all, wildlife is great here, and you can’t sleep in the park like you can go Glamping in Yala National Park. You might even be lucky on your way back to your hotel and spot elephants walking on the side of the road.

kaudulla national park sri lanka tropical bird

Where to stay near Kaudulla National Park?

Kaudulla is in between Dambulla and the coastal city of Trincomalee. It is best to stay in Dambulla, if you can, to be located as close as possible to the park.

However, if you’re on short time, a day trip from Trincomalee is also possible. Trincomalee is a lot more fun to visit.

24/07/2023 https://www.saltinourhair.com/sri-lanka/kaudulla-national-park-sri-lanka/
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  • Wim

    I’m very very very sorry but LKR 2.700 is nót $18. It’s $ 8,40

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Wim, thanks for noting this. We will update the guide. The prices were correct but Sri Lanka has seen an enormous decline in value of the LKR. 😔

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