Kaudulla National Park

Water birds in kaudulla national park in Sri Lanka
Endemic land birds at Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka
An Indian peacock at Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka

Get up close with elephants of all sizes and catch an occasional glimpse of Sri Lankan wild cats at Kaudulla National Park.

An important link in the 66.6 square kilometers large elephant corridor that links Somawathiya and Minneriya National Parks, Kaudulla Park is structured around the Kaudulla Reservoir, one of the 16 reservoirs that make up a vast irrigation system created by King Mahasen and provides a great refuge to the elephants of the area even during the dry season.

The main reservoir is backed by a network of small tanks spread around the national park, which makes it an ideal habitat for elephants throughout the year.

The dry evergreen forest found around the tank supports nearly 200 elephants. Incidentally, a number of these herds found within the park are made solely of young bull elephants.

Visitors approaching the park through either one of the two main access roads are often greeted by large herds of elephants, crossing the road on a gentle trot.