In the last day of our trip we decided to go there , it was completely wast of time and momey , we just saw 1 elephant after searching about 1and half hoar, we got so tired for nothing, They told us today is hot and elephant goes to bushes , and I think they take too much money for that!
The national park was flooded by recent heavy rain but the eco park across the road was full of elephants who had moved in to escape the floods and search for food. There are far too many over enthusiastic jeep drivers careering around trying to get the best positions for their clients but we were fortunate to get an old hand who knew the best tricks and who got us within touching distance of a small family of 3 plus mother without raising any alarms. It was a most moving experience to be so close while they were not in the least disturbed by our presence. We almost wore out the camera!
Was picked up from my guest house exactly on time and taken to this beautiful park. We managed to get really quite close and saw lots of elephants at various spots. My guide was really friendly and made me feel at ease being a woman alone. He was able to answer all my questions and never rushed. He was also so good stopping on the way home to help me get a new SIM card because mine had broken, it was quite late at this point and I really appreciate his time and help. I would definitely recommend booking a trip with them, professional, good drivers not like some of the touts you get that drive bad and scare the elephants... Saw some of that and it was upsetting. These guys very good and respectful.
Thank you for a wonderful day.
We had booked to go here or so we thought . However we were taken to the Eco park at Habarana .There must have been a hundred vehicles which set off in a massive convoy .After a couple of miles the jeeps with bald tyres got stuck in the mud - there was no way to turn back , the whole convoy had to sit in the mud for an hour . The Forestry Dept were still selling gate tickets despite the terrible conditions.
If you really want to go check , check and check again on conditions at the site.
Our "safari" was booked for us by the driver we had contracted for our week in Sri Lanka. Although we have no way of knowing what options might have been available, it is hard to imagine that we could have done much better. A number of species are represented in the Kauoulla National Park, but elephants are the obvious draw. We had heard that sightings earlier in the day were plentiful, but that doesn't really prepare you for the experience of encountering large (at least 50+ animals?) herds. Knowing that you are seeing them in what is their natural habitat is an incredible experience. We rode in a "jeep" with a raised passenger compartment, so at times it felt like we were almost "face-to-face" with the elephants.