229. Kaudulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka

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Why

Elephants! If you’ve never seen them in their natural habitat or even if you have, you should go to see them here at Kaudulla National Park. Now, just so you know, when an elephant lift its trunk and flops its ears, its time to leave them alone. Just saying…

Kadulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka

Kadulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka

 

Kadulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka - Elephant

Kadulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka – Elephant

Where

Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka is located just north of Polonnaruwa and south of Trincomalee.

 

How To Get Here

By Train

As Sri Lanka is an island, there are no trains that arrive here from another country, however there are trains from Colombo to all parts of the country from the Central Train Station in the heart of the city. The closest station is in Galoya Junction, then you’d have to take a taxi or rent a car. Sri Lanka Railways has details.

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka - Colombo Train Station

Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka – Colombo Train Station

By Plane

The Colombo International Airport (CMB) is the closest international airport. The following airlines has service to Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB):

  • Air Asia (AK), Air China (CA), Air India (AI), Austrian Airlines (OS), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), China Eastern Airlines (MU, Cinnamon Air (C7), Emirates (EK), Etihad Airways (EY), FlyDubai (FZ), Jet Airways (9W), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Qatar Airways (QR), Oman Air (WY), Rotana jet (RG), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV), SilkAir (MI), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Spicejet (SG), SriLankan (UL), Thai Airways (TG), TOR Air (OD), Turkish Airlines (TK) and Ukraine International (PS).
Colombo, Sri Lanka - Colombo Airport

Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka – Colombo Airport

By Bus

There are buses from Colombo to all parts of the country from the Central Bus Station in the heart of the city. Check out this site for planning information. But just ask in Colombo. Also, try Kangaroo Cabs.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions. Also try Kangaroo Cabs.

Where To Stay

There are several places to stay in the nearby town of Habarana offering different levels of comfort. I stayed with Cinnamon Lodge Habarana who sponsored the trip to Sri Lanka and was quite pleased.

Kadulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka - Cinnamon Habarna

Kaudulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka – Cinnamon Habarana

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor in the Habarana area here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

 

Where To Eat

I at the restaurant at the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana. In addition, there are other places to eat in the town of Habarana.

Kadulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka - Dinner at Cinnamon Habarna

Kaudulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka – Dinner at Cinnamon Habarna

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

 

What To Do

Head over to the Park and enjoy the elephants. Do it with a tour guide as you need jeeps to drive the area. It’s pretty amazing and enjoyable. Don’t forget your camera.

 

Additional Information

Sri Lanka Tourism Board

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