Waulpane Bat Caves and Safari at Udawalawa
When the time we’re planning this trip, there were six or seven confirmed participants to this event. But, due to some unavoidable reasons on their side, most of them informed that they are unable to join. (Typically happens when organizing trips :) ) Nevertheless, three of us went this interesting voyage.
Elephants - Udawalawa National Park
We took a bus from Pettah bus station at 08:00. It takes almost 6 hours to reach the first destination situated before Sankapala Viharaya. We wanted to see Waulpane Caves. There’s around 7 km distance from main road to the place where the Caves are. A transport service also in operation from the main road to Waupane. (These vehicles are tripers, that have been converted to buses.)
The Lime Stone Cave
Waulpane is a natural Lime Stone cave, which very rare in the world. Thousands of bats made it their habitat from unknown ages back. There is also a small water fall inside the cave, falls from top of the cave, but inside the cave.
Unfortunately we couldn’t catch a bus, on the return journey. we had to walk around 25 minutes up to the mountain road to get a bus, from waupane to main road. It’s about 17:00, when we reached the Udawalawa and raining heavily too. Our plan was to set up a camp in the night. Due to the heavy rain, we decided to stay in a hotel. So, from the help of our friend, we were able to booked a hotel room for us to stay. He came to meet us and take us there.
Yodaya kapu wala
Transpotation to Waulpane
On the next day, we woke-up early in the morning and went to the entrance of the Udawalawa National Park. We took a safari jeep at 07:30. It was a good time to see wild animals. There were lots of elephants, peacocks, birds and many other wild species. We saw troops of dears also. After we came out the park at about 10:30, we went Udawalawa tank and had a good swim. At about 12:05, we came to Udawalawa Elephant Transit Home. It was ideal time to see elephants.
Elephant Transit Home
At the end, we took a Manaragala-Colombo bus from Udawalawa and came back to Colombo at 17:00. The End.