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Udawattekele Sanctuary

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Address: Wewelpitiya Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Best thing in kandy

Spent an afternoon walking around in the park. Saw a bunch of monkeys, some deer and wild boar. Lovely walks in the woods.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spent an afternoon walking around in the park. Saw a bunch of monkeys, some deer and wild boar. Lovely walks in the woods.

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Thank Elin J
Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 "Uda Wasala Watta" in Sinhalese meaning "the garden above the royal palace". The sanctuary is famous for its extensive avifauna. The... More 

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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

OUTSTANDING! I'd call it the monkey preserve and it was awesome. We showed up at 4:30pm and were about the only visitors there. We paid our admittance fee and only got into the park about 100 feet before we found monkey heaven. There were monkeys everywhere and it was a group of at least 75 monkeys. At first they startled... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived late, about 4:45 pm. The park closes at 6 pm, so we weren't sure it was worth buying a ticket but it was our last day in Kandy. So glad we did, as we started to walk around the lake the monkeys surrounded us and some of them started to grab our ankles playfully. Our local driver noticed... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have an hour or two to spare whilst visiting Kandy I would highly recommend making a stop at Udawattakele! The entrance fee is around 550 rupees, and this entitles you to a 3-4km walk around the forest area, there are even wild monkeys all over the forest which was so lovely to watch. My only criticism is that... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

i got to get there with my college friends last year. you must buy a entrance ticket when you enter and can hire a guide if needed.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went with our elementary aged children. There are broad and smooth dirt road type paths, as well as hiking trails. There are lots of monkey, and even vines you can swing on. We had a very nice time; I'd like to return. There are bathrooms scattered throughout, but no drinking water.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Udawattakele Royal Forest Park is an amazingly tranquil haven just above the cultural centre of Kandy. It is tamed jungle with a number of well constructed paths running through it. I was very impressed by the giant liana and we saw monkeys and a deer. The entrance fee of about $10 for the two of us was a bit steep... More 

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Thank Sus1952
Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

5mins from Kandy city, this is a must-see if you are interested in nature and history together. From the point of entrance you will forget that you are in busy city of Kandy. Grab a booklet about the place if you can, there are lots of details about historical importance of the forest. There are lots of shady paths across... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked here from Kandy lake having done the temple of the tooth relic first. We'd bought a packed lunch and so whilst it was completely the wrong time of day to see much wildlife it was a lovely shady meander in the heat of the day. We did see wild pig - mum and 8 babies! Monkey, turtles and... More 

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