This 104 hectares forest reserve was initially known as Uda Wasala Watta meaning the ‘Garden above the Palace’ during the era of King Panditha Parakramabahu and King Wickramabahu.
Udawatta Kele Sanctuary or the Royal Forest Park of Kandy can be found on the hillside behind the Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic. This forest is considered to be a vital Bio reserve for the much populated Kandy City as it extends to about 257 acres.
In 1856 it was declared forest by the government after it was deteriorated due to human activities and it was later made a sanctuary in 1938. The much needed air purification activity to the Kandy city which is enclaved by several hills is supplied by this precious forest reserve. The forest is affluent with rich vegetation consisting with canopy, sub canopy and a ground layer.
It’s a perfect place for birdwatchers and the nature lovers alike and ideal for travellers searching for activities to do within the Kandy City.
Guided tours and detailed map can be arranged for a price at the ticket office. For the hikers, park offers 2 main paths and you will come across number of other smaller foot paths, however be careful as wild animals can be found lurking about at all times.