A Wild Escape
Visit to Udawattakele Sanctuary
Udawattakele, also known as the Royal Forest Park of Kandy is rather conveniently located just behind the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Extending approximately 257 acres, the flora and fauna of the area are known to be a vital Bio reserve for the highly populated city. Perfect for a simple hike or to simply enjoy the wildlife and forest, Udawattakele is an educational, ecological and cultural venture one must not skip.
What’s exciting about this?
One of the greatest aspects of this forest is the plant species, a grand number of 450, that call the reserve home. Walking through the reserve, you’re also bound to spot a number of mammals, reptiles, and insects. The forest is also a top pick for bird watchers with almost 80 bird species having being recorded. The visitor’s entrance to the forest is on the western side, a mere 15-minute walk from the city centre.
Who can enjoy this?
The forest reserve is popular among school children and students; therefore, you can be assured that it’s extremely family-friendly. A great learning journey for kids and adults alike, the forest reserve is easy to reach so it doesn’t take a lot of planning.
Why add this to your itinerary?
Ideal for a short hike that can be tackled by almost anyone, this forest reserve is conveniently located close to several of the other Kandy attractions and can be found without any hassle. Not too high a price, this venture is truly worth every minute of your time as you walk through the lush flora and fauna.
Tips before you visit
As with any trekking adventure, there are quite a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to exploring Udawattakele. Here are a few you must keep in mind:
- Opt to visit this spot during the early hours of the day.
- If it’s your first time here or you’re unsure of how you are going to get about inside, get yourself a guide.
- Do wear appropriate footwear, especially during the rainy season.
- Carry a bottle of water with you.
- Ensure your backpack is light and easy on your shoulders.
- Remember, this spot carries with it a certain level of religious significance, so do be respectful.
- Watch out for monkeys.
- Don’t forget your mosquito repellent!