Excursions
 
Eth Athuru Sevana (Elephant orphanage) 1 km
 

“Eth Athuru Sevana” or the “Elephant Transit Home” is the Asia’s first rehabilitation center for elephants. Established in 1995 by the Wild life Conservation Department the center lies on a 200 acre land on the western boarder of the Udawalawe National Park with the Udawalawe Reservoir as the southern border.

Baby elephants are sometimes wounded by traps laid by humans or by gunshot injuries. Some calves become orphaned when the mother dies or gets killed. The center takes in the sick, wounded or orphans baby elephants and nourish them until they are capable of living on their own and release them to various national parks.

 
 
Udawalawa National Park – 10 minutes
 


The beautiful Udawalawe National Park lies across the Ratnapura District in the Sabaragamuwa Province and the Moneragala District in the Uva Province covering an extent of 30,821 hectares. It was declared a National Park on June 30 1972, under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. The objective was to conserve the catchment area of the reservoir, ensuring a flow of silt-free water to the reservoir and providing refuge for wildlife displaced by the opening of land along the lower reaches of the Walawe River for agriculture. Today the park accommodates 150 resident and 200 migratory elephants.
Sankapali Temple – ancient Buddhist temple

Sankapali temple is a popular historical temple which is having number of evidence of Kandyan Kings era. Also it is having a a picturesque scenic location. One side is adjoined to a dense jungle which is a part of the mountain, Because of the existence of the charismatic Devalaya (believed to be added in Kandy era) it was also known as “Kuda Kataragama”. Folklore said this temple was built by Fussadewa, one of the famous ten- giant heroes in the army of King Dutugemunu, hoarding his lucky conch shell.

Maduwanwela Walauwa – 45 minutes

Maduwanwela Walauwa (walauwa refers to an ancestral house) also known as the Burutha Maligawa (“satinwood castle”), was originally built in the 18th century by Maduwanwela Maha Mohottala during the Dutch occupation. The Walauwa has been home to six generations of the Maduwanwela family.

Madunagala Hot Springs – 40 minutes

Madunagala Hot Springs is a wonderful creation of nature in all its natural beauty. Historically, these hot springs flowed into a natural water hole which has become the most attracted tourist destination in the island of the southern province. This is monitored and controlled by the Southern Province Tourism Board. Changing rooms, western toilets and small shops with snacks and beverages are close by to the destination as benefits for the visitors.







Kataragama – one hour drive


Kataragama is a place frequented by adherents of all religions in Sri Lanka and this city now declared a sacred city.The annual procession held in the months of July-August is the main pageant and is as colourful as any other pageant in the country.It has, as the concluding event, the performance of fire walking by the devotees. Kavadi dancing is another attraction in the pageant. There are devotees who perform this dance to fulfil vows even on other occasions.







Yala – one hour & 15 mnts


Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 300 km (190 mi) from Colombo. It had originally had been designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of its wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.

Southern coast
 

     



The popular turtle beach Rekawa is one hour drive from here.

The coastal city Tangalle with nice beaches, surfing areas is one hour and 15 minutes away.

The Whale watching destination and fishery harbor of Mirissa is 2 hours and 15 minutes drive.








Sinharaja rain forest - 2 hours


Sinharaja Forest reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.
Sinharaja Rain Forest is a narrow strip of undulating terrain consists of a series of ridges and valleys drained by an intricate network of streams, which flow into the Gin Ganga on the southern boundary and Kalu Ganga, via the Napola Dola, Koskulana Ganga and Kudawa Ganga, on the northern boundary.
Sinharaja Rain Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the last viable remnant of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rainforest spanning an area of 18900 acres can be reached at Weddagala side entrance is  just 2 hours drive from River Side Camping area.



Other activities

                       Bird watching                    Cycling-udawalawa
   
   
                             Fishing                                 Trekking
   
 
Village walk