A small town situated in the Southern part of the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka famous for it National Park consisting of various kinds of species is the Udawalawe town. On the boundaries of the Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, the wet and dry zones of Sri Lanka, lies the Udawalawe National Park.
To protect the catchment of the reservoir as well as to provide a sanctuary for the wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, the Udawalawe National Park was created.
The area as to which the national park is situated was used for shifting cultivation, also known as Chena cultivation and once the park was declared farmers were gradually removed from the area. It is situated 165 kilometers from Colombo. It is a popular tourist destination and considered the third most visited parks in the country. The Udawalawe National Park provides an important habitat for water birds and the Sri Lankan Elephants.