Udawalawe National Park has one of the highest densities of wild elephants in the world, making it a superb place for elephant lovers. Though Udawalawe is only a third the size of Yala National Park, you'll find up to 700 elephants here, almost double the numbers in Yala. Here, a half-day evening safari is best for elephant spotting.
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Is Udawalawe National Park closed due to COVID-19?
After months of lockdown in Sri Lanka, operations in the country have resumed under strict health guidelines that visitors must follow. Domestic travellers and ex-pats living in Sri Lanka are currently allowed to visit Udawalawe National Park.
Vehicle numbers entering parks have been restricted to half to prevent overcrowding of popular wilderness areas, and e-ticketing has been introduced to reduce physical contact.
In accordance with COVID-19 health guidelines, visitors are allowed into the national park only after their body temperature is checked at the entrance and they provide their personal contact details. Only five visitors are allowed in one safari jeep.
Sri Lanka is expecting to open borders to international travellers from August 1, 2020. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates if the opening date were to change.
Last updated: 06 July 2020
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We're keeping our Covid policy simple as we're travellers ourselves.
If you can't travel because of Covid restrictions, you can choose to get a full refund,
Seek Sophie credits (no expiry, 110% of trip value) or reschedule your trip at no additional cost.
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