Udawattakelle Sanctury, Kandy

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About Udawattakelle Sanctury, Kandy

Udawattakelle Sanctury, Kandy - Address, Ticket Price

Address: Wewelpitiya Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Ticket Price: 644 LKR

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Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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Outdoors, Forest, Wildlife Sanctuary , Family And Kids, Monastery , Nature, Bird Watching

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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.

Udawattakelle Sanctury Information

  • 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.

Udawattakelle Sanctury Ticket Prices

  • The entry fee for Children under 12 years is LKR 322.

How To reach Udawattakelle Sanctury by Public Transport

  • You have to hike from the temple of sacred tooth to get here.

Restaurants Near Udawattakelle Sanctury

  • Flower Song Restaurant
  • The Bake House
  • KFC

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  • Such a nice place to be in the busy Kandy. Go there early morning where you can see the sun light coming through the trees. It will take at least like 4 hours to enjoy this place truly. Take your foot cycles to this place because they do allow you to ride it inside for some places. Parking available. Only cash payments are accepted for tickets.

  • Don't expect to see too many animals, but a good trip nonetheless. A lot of incredible fauna, the standout being a huge vine which stretches across 3 hectares. We met lots of other tourists along the way but there are enough small paths if you feel like some privacy. Lost a star due to it being quite pricey (Rs570 each). Watch out for leeches after the rain!

  • "Udawatta Kele Sanctuary" උඩවත්ත කැලේ රක්ෂිතය. Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, often spelled as Udawattakele, is a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge in the city of Kandy. It is 104 hectares (257 acres) large. During the days of the Kandyan Kingdom, Udawatta Kele was known as "උඩ වාසල වත්ත" in Sinhalese meaning "The Garden above the Royal Palace". at Kandy, Sri Lanka.

  • A small rain forest in the heart of the Kandy city. This is a great place to have a casual and comparatively less challenging walk in the nature.

  • Historically important forest reserve which situated very close to the Kandy city. You can find large variety of flora and fauna.

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