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Kaudulla National Park

One of the eminent national parks of Sri Lanka, the Kaudulla National Park is home to countless number of wild animals, aquatic animals, and exotic birds. Spread over a massive 6656 hectares, the place was declared as a National Park in the year 2002. The National Park is home to more than 200 elephants, different species of monkeys, crocodiles and also a handful of leopards. Surrounded by grasslands, the National Park can be visited year-round to see elephants and other great wildlife. Historically Kaudulla was one of the 16 irrigation tanks built by King Mahasen. Following a period of abandonment it was reconstructed in 1959.

Insight to Kaudulla National Park
Kaudulla National Park is home to over 200 elephants. Other than elephants, one can also spot colourful peacocks, birds, wild boars, Sri Lankan axis deer, Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Black Bears and several species of monkeys along with crocodiles lounging around the park. One might also get to see few leopards with their baby leopards loitering around the forest.

There are also reservoirs built right in the centre of the Park. Built in the third century by King Mahasen for irrigation purposes, the reservoir remained in the ruins for the longest time. The reservoirs are now a major source of life for diverse aquatic species. It offers drinking water to all the animals residing in the Park.

One can also eye a lot of birds such as the Spot-billed Pelican, Asian Spoonbills, the Grey-headed Fish Eagle, the Black-headed Ibis, and the Open Bill Stork that lounge around the water tanks, especially during the summer months.

Things to Do

Jeep Safari
There is no better way to explore the National Park than Jeep Safari. You can explore a lot of wild animals roaming freely in the park. The jeep safaris usually start off from the main entry gate of the Park and take you around the entire park. You can choose either the morning slot or the afternoon slot for jeep safaris. The morning slot starts at 5:30am while the afternoon slot starts at 2:30pm. It takes about three hours to go around the entire Park through Jeep Safari.

Elephant Gathering
As it is quite obvious now that elephants are the main attraction of the Park, one can enjoy watching the “Elephant Gathering”. Irrespective of whether you are fond of elephants or not, watching them gather at the Park is a sight not to be missed. The Elephant gathering can be best experienced in the months of August and September, where herds of elephants come together to relax by the park’s reservoir.

Unveil the photographer
A visit to the Kaudulla National Park will bring out the photographer in you, for it offers some breathtaking sights to trigger your photography skills. While you are on the safari, be very vigilant and look around for wild animals. You might end up clicking a million dollar picture for you social media followers to wow upon.

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