One of the must-do's in Sri Lanka is visiting a National Park to spot some wildlife. Between the hill country and the southern coast lies the Udawalawe National Park. For me a perfect stop-over before I hit the unspoiled beaches of Tangalle. Since Udawalawe NP is home to a population of over 400 elephants, spotting elephants is almost guaranteed.
I arrived in the afternoon in Udawalawe, where I spend the night in the Lizard Safari Lodge. Next day I was picked up by a Jeep to be at the gate of the National Park at 6am. We started the safari spotting numerous birds waking up during sunset. And after 15 minutes we spotted the first group of elephants. On our way to the Walawe Reservoir we spotted countless number of peacocks, other birds, monkeys, crocodiles and buffalo's. When our Jeep stopped at the reservoir we were surrounded by elephants. And we had plenty of time to enjoy the sighting of these animals feeding themselves with grass.
After 3 hours in the National Park it was time to return to the safari lodge. With the amazing experience of this game drive in my backpack, I was ready to continue my travels to the beach.