Udawalawe National Park
lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa
Provinces, in Sri Lanka
. The national park
was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir
on the Walawe River
, as well as to protect the catchment
of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972.
Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds
and Sri Lankan elephants
. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country.