Udawalawe National Park

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The Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka. The udawalawe national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972.

The average temperature is about 27c - 28c and the annual rainfall is about 1,500 millimeters.

94 plant species, 21 fish species, 12 amphibians, 33 reptiles, 184 bird species including about 33 migrant species, and 135 butterfly species are recorded from udawalawe national park.


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The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants. In fact, Udawalawe National Park is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephants, which are relatively easy to observe in its open habitats. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country.

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