Private Guided Walk Through Udawatta Kele Forest Reserve
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Private Guided Walk Through Udawatta Kele Forest Reserve

5 h
With guide
By walk
About this activity
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Stop At: Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Kandy, Sri Lanka

You will be starting your tour at 6:30 am from the entrance of Udawattakele Sanctuary. After getting the tickets your naturalist guide will take you on an interesting trail through the forest. You will be stopping periodically to rest and refresh yourselves.

The 104 hectare Udawattekele Forest Reserve in Kandy has an interesting history behind it. Historical records state that the caves within the forest were used by monks as dwellings for millennia. Your naturalist might take you for a visit to some of these dwellings.

Later during the Kandyan kingdom, the forest was beautifully maintained with wide avenues for taking walks and was used as a pleasure garden reserved for the Royal Family. As such, the forest was forbidden for all except these family members and those who received special invitation from them.

With the arrival of colonials this use of the forest stopped, though the British used it for long walks. You will notice this by some of the overgrown stone walkways with names like Lady McCarthy's Drive, Lady Torrington's Road, Lady Gordon's Road, Russell Path, and Byrde Lane.

As you go deeper you will find many rare flora and fauna, especially a large number of birds. A survey in 2013 identified 58 tree species, 61 shrubs and small trees, 31 indigenous herbs - of which 12 are orchids, and 57 types of lianas, creepers and vines; many of which are endemic. Amongst the fauna are 80 birds; including endemic birds such as Layard's parakeet, yellow-fronted barbet and the brown-capped babbler and rare birds such as the three-toed kingfisher. There are also several mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies that you may see. Your naturalist will help you identify them and explain their specific characteristics.

 The hike through the forest will have you returning back to the entrance by approximately 11:30 amcompleting your tour.

SKU: LK60023400

Duration: 5 hours

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  • Naturalist.
  • Refreshments.
  • Entry/Admission - Udawatta Kele Sanctuary
Not included
  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off.
  • Food and Beverages.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Personal effects for warm/windy/rainy conditions should be carried by clients
  • The experienced and well-trained guide would take every precaution to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all guests on tour as your safety is our prime concern. However, Paradise Island Safari or its employees do not accept any liability for death, injury or illness of guest while on tour caused by any animal, reptile, insect, and events of nature or any type of accident.
  • We do not accept any liability for the loss or damage of any personal belongings while on tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate


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