Kaudulla National Park is Sri Lanka's newest national park (opened in 2002) and is located off the main Habarana - Trincomalee road in the ancient cities' area (Cultural Triangle).
Situated around the ancient Kaudulla tank, the national park provides a 6656 hectare elephant corridor between Somawathie Chaitiya and Minneriya National Parks. The best time to visit the park is between August and December.
The park is centred on the ancient Kaudulla Tank (reservoir) and is home to up to 250 Elephants, Leopard, Fishing cat, Sloth bear, Sambar deer, and the endangered Rusty spotted cat.
With fantastic opportunities to see many elephants at close range, the park has become a popular destination for wildlife safaris that also take in leopards, sambar deer and the occasional sloth bear. As an additional novelty, you can go for cataraman rides on the tank.