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Hambantota: Udawalawe and Elephant Transit Home Day Trip – Eastern Province, Sri Lanka

Explore Sri Lanka’s majestic wilderness on a day trip from Hambantota or Tangalle. View the diverse wildlife and visit their habitats, then observe gentle giants up close at the Elephant Transit Home.


Experience all the beauty that Sri Lanka’s wilderness has to offer on a guided day trip from Hambantota or Tangalle to Udawalawe National Park. Discover the range of wildlife and rare plants then visit the Elephant Transit Home to see rescued elephants up close.

Start by being driven to Udawalawe, where the game drive begins. See a wide variety of animals in their natural habitats and listen as your guide explains their habits and lifestyles.

Take in the history of the park, one of Sri Lanka’s largest sanctuaries, famous for its Sri Lankan Elephants and also home to water buffalo, monitor lizards, a variety of monkeys, the occasional leopard, and more.

After the safari, proceed to Elephant Transit Home, or “Ath Athuru Sevana”, Asia’s first elephant rehabilitation center, where baby elephants are being rehabilitated to return to the jungle. Witness their feeding time and see them enjoying themselves at play.

Finally, relax and enjoy lunch at an outdoor restaurant before being taken back to your hotel.



Feast your eyes on the natural beauty found at Udawalawe National Park
Observe a wide variety of wildlife with a game drive through Udawalawe
Learn about the amazing animals, their habits, and see their different habitats
Visit the Elephant Transit Home, one of Asia’s largest elephant sanctuaries
Relax after the day trip with a delicious lunch at an outdoor restaurant



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