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2D1N Safari & Stay

By The Elephant Next Door


2 days 1 night
Private trip
Arrive at your leisure at The Elephant Next Door cottage. Head out the next morning for a six hour game drive at Udawalawe National Park.
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Trip Inclusions

From US$ 70 12,711.96 LKR per person
  • Transportation
  • Driver cum guide
  • Breakfast at the time of safari
  • Water
  • Accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals other than mentioned
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Meeting details
The Elephant Next-Door, C.P. De Silva Road, Udawalawa 70190 Sri Lanka


Trips available daily
Feb 26
Feb 27
Feb 28
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Bookings should be made at least 7 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: The Elephant Next-Door
The Elephant Next-Door

Enjoy a relaxing stay at The Elephant Next-Door

Accommodation: The Elephant Next-Door - Cottage

  • 12.00 PM: Meet at the provided meeting point and check-in at The Elephant Next-Door
  • 01.00 PM: Relax at the cottage and stay over night
Day 2: Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park

Today you'll do a game drive for the chance to spot wild elephants

  • 05.30 AM: Head out for 6hr Game Drive and go deep in the park looking for wild elephants
  • 11:30 AM: Return back to the hotel and check out

Meet your guide

The Elephant Next Door

The Elephant next door has beautiful cottages in a serene and quiet garden setting. They also have a restaurant inside the property. The host Janaka is also friendly and really helpful! The staff are true professionals that love to host and immerse their guests into nature. They also provide safari experience in Udawalawe national park. We highly recommend The Elephant Next Door!!
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What others are saying

4.9 out of 15 helpful reviews
Mike M, United States
30 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
Excellent basic accommodations at a great value. The hosts were wonderful, the place was clean, comfortable, and had everything we needed for our honeymoon launchpad into the wildlife park. Wonderful hospitality and food!
Mark W
30 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
The rooms, location and uniqueness of the hotel was brilliant. Janaka was an exceptional host making all of the arrangements for cars, trips and the safari even for dates when we weren’t staying in Udewalawe. Chandika, our driver for 4 days was superb as was the safari arranged with Leel. We ate both nights at the hotel and the food was excellent. This is a superb hotel and would definitely recommend it.
Elodie B
30 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We stayed one night in Uwadalawe and couldn’t have wished for a better place to stay than Janaka’s. The surroundings are beautiful, perfectly located near the main artery. The bungalow was of a high spec, with all the right finishing touches and more! The host arranged two Safari experiences for us, one at 2:30pm shortly after we’d arrived, and another one for the next morning starting at 5:30am. Both guides were simply fantastic and clearly passionate about wildlife and going out of their way to make sure you have the best experience. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a boutique, authentic Uduwalawe experience.
30 Sep 2019 on TripAdvisor
The Elephant next door has beautiful cottages in a sereen and quiet garden setting. The owner is really helpful and the food delicious:). A Nice and calm gettaway to stay if You’re planning a safari-tour! We really enjoyed our stay here:) Thanks for having us! Harmen & Dominique - Holland
Alexmurder, Germany
30 Aug 2019 on TripAdvisor
The cottage is very unique and excelentelly equipped. The bathroom as well as the two other rooms were absolutely clean and our host went out of his way to make our stay extremely conformable. We recommend it!

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
While we understand that plans change, we also have to be fair to each supplier, who needs time to prepare logistics for your trip such as manpower, food, permits, and more.
Strict Cancellation Policy
As The Elephant Next Door pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Flexible Date Policy
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.
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Can you arrange transportation to/from Udawalawe National Park?

Yes sure! If you're coming from any other parts of Sri Lanka (e.g. Colombo) to Udawalawe National Park for your safari, or you need to head from Udawalawe National Park to any other parts of Sri Lanka after your safari, we can provide a private car transfer. This will cost US $60 per 4-person car, per one-way transfer. Please do indicate in your booking form if you require this transfer.

What safari duration should I go for?

Udawalawe is a small national park so if you're lucky to spot all the wildlife quickly, you only need a three-four hour safari (which is the most popular option). However, you might see different wildlife and different behaviour in the early morning compared with late afternoon, so if you're a keen photographer or a huge wildlife lover, you may want to do a full-day safari to maximise your chances of seeing the wildlife!

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