Kaudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park is located on an elephant migratory path in close proximity to the Minneriya and Wasgamuwa national parks which collectively could be informally referred to as the Elephant Country of Sri Lanka.


  • The park has been identified as an important bird life area by the bird life international
  • Large herds of elephants at the park are one of the key attractions or locals and tourists alike
  • The openbill stork, spot-billed pelican, asian spoonbill, and the grey-headed fish eagle are a few out of the variety of birds that can be spotted
  • 2/3 of the land is covered by water during most months throughout the year


Kaudulla National Park is the place to visit to witness large herds of elephant roaming free in their natural environment. The park is located on an elephant migratory path or an ‘elephant corridor’. Approximately 211 elephants were counted at the park in 2008. There is immense historical significance behind the Kaudulla tank, which was built by King Mahasena – who also built the Minneriya tank as well. Aside from the main attraction being elephants, birds are another point of interest with over 160 different types of species that have been seen within the park. Parts of the park are surrounded by scrubby forests and mostly grasslands while the rest 2/3 is covered by water. Another fascinating highlight is that the Habarana road runs through the park, which is where many elephants can be seen.The park is approximately 190 km away from the main city of Colombo and sits between the Somawathiya national park and the Minneriya national park. It can be accessed through the Habarana – Minneriya road.

For further details on Kaudulla National Park, visit our Kaudulla destination page.

Click here – Kaudulla National Park Safari, to learn more about the safari experience at this park.