Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on February 7, 2023.
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There were certainly several experiences during my Sri Lanka tourism that had me uttering “wow,” but there was one place where I kept saying it over and over again: Kaudulla National Park.
If you are looking to go on a Sri Lankan elephant safari, Kaudulla National Park is the place to do it during the months of September to November. What you get here is truly exceptional.
I pick my word choice on purpose there because I do not think there is any better way to describe the scene as you pull up to a group of several hundred elephants congregating in one small area.
In fact, as words do not do this scene justice, I'm going to let my photos do the talking in this photo essay from my experience.
After visiting numerous elephant sanctuaries around the world, from Africa to East Asia, I had high expectations for Kaudulla National Park. These were blown away and I'm not sure anything will ever come close in the future. Sri Lanka has officially spoiled me for elephant watching.
I'm hoping to return to Sri Lanka one day to find more experiences that make me utter “wow” once more. Luckily for me, I know exactly what it'll be: leopard spotting in Yala.
I'd like to thank my friends at Cinnamon Hotels for taking me out elephant watching during my visit for the TBC Asia conference hosted in association with the PTBA. As always, all opinions are my own.
About the Author: Jeremy is a full-time travel writer based in Pittsburgh and primary author of this site. He has been to 70+ countries on five continents and seeks out new food, adventure activities, and off-the-beaten-path experiences wherever he travels.