Declared as a national park in 2015 this expanse of forest is surrounding the giant Kalawewa and Balalu Wewa tanks which were constructed by King Datusena in the 5th Century and is another location where herds of Asian Elephant can be encountered. The specialty about the herd in this park is the high number of tuskers (male elephants with ivory). Tuskers are a rarity in Sri Lanka and only a small percentage of pachyderms carrying ivory are found, hence the genetic structure of these elephants are unique. Further the park has a beautiful landscape lined with massive Kumbuk Trees, and during certain dry seasons, thousands upon thousands of open billed storks. The park is accessible only during the dry season when the water levels recede, resulting in green glades of grass emerging, which are much sought after by the elephants. Further this makes it accessible by jeep. This is a good alternative to witness an elephant gathering away from the busy crowds in other parks.
What is the best time to visit Kalawewa National Park
Throughout the year is good for Elephant watching safaris in Kalawewa National Park.
How to get in to Kalawewa National Park?
It is under one hour drive to Kalawewa National Park from the towns of Anuradhapura, Habarana, Sigiriyia and Dambulla. Privately hired car is the preferred mode of transfer.
How to Explore Kalawewa National Park?
By a safari jeep, with an experienced guide.
Opening times of Kalawewa National Park
Kalawewa National Park is opened from 6 AM t0 6 PM for safaris.
Wildlife of Kalawewa National Park
The Thalangama Lake is home to about 100 species of wetland birds and common garden birds such as Herons, Bulbuls, Swamp hens, Water hens, Kingfishers, Teals, Gulls, Swallows, Egrets and Storks amongst many others. Also seen here are numerous species of Butterflies and Dragonflies. There are also plenty of Purple faced leaf monkey and other reptiles to be seen here.
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