Udawattakele Sanctuary or the Royal Forest Park of Kandy is situated on the hillside behind the Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic. The sanctuary is famous for its extensive fauna and flora. The reserve also contains a great variety of plant species, especially lianas, shrubs and small trees. Many of the small and medium size mammals that inhabit Sri Lanka can be seen here. Several kinds of snakes and other reptiles also can be observed here as well. The important places in Udawattakele is the water pond, highest peak “Kodimale”, the Senkanda cave, and the Garrison Cemetery. There are also several Buddhist temples and hermitages inside the forest reserve.
Groups of local school children and students regularly visit the forest and the education center at the sanctuary. The forest is also popular for foreign tourists, especially for bird watchers. Scientific nature researches have been carried out in the forest by researchers for many years. Visitors can reach Udawattakele sanctuary within 15–20 minutes of walking from the Temple of the Tooth.
During rainy weather there are leeches lurking along paths that will attempt to suck blood from the feet and legs of unaware visitors. Mosquito repellent or herbal balms such as Siddhalepa can be purchased in the locality, which will help to protect against them.
Who can Visit
The journey through the forest will be an exciting adventure for a crowd of youngsters while the elderly people with walking difficulties might find it difficult.
What to Wear
Travelers can wear jeans or a pair of shorts and a t-shirt along with shoes when exploring the sanctuary.