The Udawatta Kele is a lush tropical rain forest reserve on a hill ridge in the centre of Kandy. It has a long history dating back centuries. It was a Royal, forbidden forest by the Sinhala kings who ascended the throne when Kandy became the capital city. Located above the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and the royal palace, this verdant jungle is home to many kinds of animals and birds, trees and creepers. There are several Buddhist monasteries in and around the forest as well as a few Buddhist cave dwellings. Near the main entrance there is a large pond, the Raja Pokuna, or Royal Bathing Pond. The forest is popular with bird watchers.
North of the lake, this forest has huge trees, birds and loads of cheeky monkeys. This sanctuary is famous for bird watching and shutterbugs who love to take a glimpse will be delighted.
- The last ticket is issued at 4.30 pm.
- A special arrangement can be made to enter the sanctuary as early as 6.00 am. This is an awesome chance for the birdwatchers but prior permission is required.
- Beware of muggers if you are visiting alone.
- Female travelers should be extra cautious for the safety if traveling alone.
- The entry fee for Children under 12 years is LKR 322.
- You have to hike from the temple of sacred tooth to get here.
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95% of people who visit Kandy include Udawattakelle Sanctury in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
35.03% of people start their Udawattakelle Sanctury visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Udawattakelle Sanctury
91.82% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Udawattakelle Sanctury
Beautiful refreshment for the day. I prefer to do it in the early morning. You can witness some endemic birds as well. The gate is opened by 7 o’clock.
The place to escape of bright sun and city traffic while in Kandy. Not for people who love beer but for those who wants nature a bit and back to city. Also can practice meditation, tai chi or photography.
It was a wonderful experience. Bicycles are allowed in the jungle and it is not far away from the city. Leeches may their in sub walks.
Beautiful sanctuary near downtown and a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Relatively easy walk that took us 1.5 hours or so to do the entire place. Can be walked rain or shine because of all the tree cover. Be careful of the leeches though. We found a few on our shoes and socks.
Very peaceful place. Can go for cycling but don't foreget to take your bicycles.