229. Kaudulla National Park, Galoya, Sri Lanka
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…
Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka is located just north of Polonnaruwa and south of Trincomalee.
How To Get Here
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.
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).
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.
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.
==>> 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.
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.
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