The Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe is the foster home of young elephants of different age and size.
These great animals have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness.
We see them being fed, but from a distance that will allow the young elephants not to be to used to human beings.
As the elephants when they are ready, will be released into the wildernes of Udawalawe National Park.
Unfortunately humans are the elephants worst enemy, and it is therefore in the best interest of the elephant babies that only their care givers come to close.
We at Fernando Tours really appreciate that the care of the elephants comes before care of the tourists.
Please note that there is a small entrance fee to The Elephant Transit Home.
Tissamaharama (Tissa), is the ideal place to stay before a visit to the nearby Yala National Park and Bundala National Park.
The area around Tissa is home to a lot of birds and wildlife.
Yala National Park also called Ruhunu National Park, on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourism destinations.
With tropical thorn forest and lagoons it is possible to spot wild elephants, sloth bears, water buffaloes, wild boars, monkeys, flamingos and if we are lucky we can see leopards too.
Yala National Park has the largest population of leopards in Sri Lanka.
A jeep safari is the only way to enter this national park.
The jeep safari begins either in the early morning before sun rise, or in the afternoon where the animals comes out of the bushes due to the falling temperature.
Best time to visit: Nov-Jul
Nearest town is Tissamaharama
Please note there is an entrance fee, and expenses for jeep hire.
Udawalawe National Park offers the most reliable elephant spotting in Sri Lanka.
With around 500 wild elephants present, masses of birds and a good chance
for spotted deer, water buffaloes, wild boars and crocodiles.
There are a few leopards in this park, but they are rarely seen and we must be very lucky to spot them.
A jeep safari is the only way to enter Udawalawe National Park.
The jeep safari begins either in the early morning, or in the afternoon where the animals comes out of the bushes due to the falling temperature.
Close to Udawalawe National Park is The Elephant Transit Home wich we like very much at Fernando Tours.
Best time to visit: year-round
Please note there is an entrance fee to Udawalawe National Park, and some expenses for jeep hire.
The foster home of young elephants of different age and size.
We see them being fed, bathe and play in the river.
These great animals have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. Now they even breed in captivity.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the most well known Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, but actually there is also an elephant orphanage close to Udawalawe National Park, The Elephant Transit Home where the young elephants are released into the wilde.
Please note there is an entrance fee to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.