Udawattakele Forest Reserve Hike from Kandy
The 4-hour Udawattekele Forest Reserve Hike gives you the opportunity to hike through the ancient forests of Kandy. Step into a different world ruled by the jungle. Hike through trails underlaid with stone that were once pretty little avenues in colorful green pleasure gardens, centuries ago. Sight rare and endemic bird species.
- Entrance ticket to the Udawattakele Forest Sanctuary.
- An English speaking naturalist as a guide.
- Hotel Pick & Drop.
- All Taxes & Service Charges.
- Food or Drinks.
- Gratuities (Optional).
- Expenses of Personal Nature.
What to Expect
You will be starting your tour at 7:00 am from the Kandy City Center. Your guide will pick you and take you the entrance of Udawattakele Sanctuary. After getting the tickets your naturalist guide will take you on an interesting trail through the forest. You will be stopping periodically to rest and refresh yourselves. The 104 hectare Udawattekele Forest Reserve in Kandy has an interesting history behind it. Historical records state that the caves within the forest were used by monks as dwellings for millennia. Your naturalist might take you for a visit to some of these dwellings.
As you go deeper you will find many rare flora and fauna, especially a large number of birds. A survey in 2013 identified 58 tree species, 61 shrubs and small trees, 31 indigenous herbs - of which 12 are orchids, and 57 types of lianas, creepers and vines; many of which are endemic. Amongst the fauna are 80 birds; including endemic birds such as Layard's parakeet, yellow-fronted barbet and the brown-capped babbler and rare birds such as the three-toed kingfisher.
The hike through the forest will have you returning back to the entrance by approximately 11:00 am completing your tour.