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Bird Watching in Udawatte Kele, Kandy

AVAILABILITY: Throughout the Year

TOUR OPTIONS: Early Morning or Evening Nature Walks

Udawatte Kele is the only forest reserve in the Kandy city limits and is a great addition to your list of things to do in Kandy. It was once known as Uda Wasala Watta, meaning the garden above the royal palace and is of significant cultural and historic value.

This breathtaking forest is a hotspot for bird enthusiasts and is famous for its variety of plant species including lianas, shrubs and small trees. It contains 460 plant species including 135 species of trees and nine endemic species. It is also home to several species of mammals and reptiles.

You will be able to see the historically important ruins and places from the Kandyan Kingdom such as the Lady Horton’s Road, Royal Pond, Lovers’ Walk and Marble Seat. The forest is a very important religious site as it contains three Buddhist meditation sanctuaries and three rock shelter dwellings.

Wildlife Tours Sri Lanka is the leading Birding company in Sri Lanka and we provide visitors with a wide range of birding tours around the country. All of our tours are handled by an experienced naturalist who helps you spot birds and other inhabitants, while giving you an in-depth description of the park and its history.


  • Earthy Coloured Clothings
  • Sunglasses & a hat to protect against the sun
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun protection lotions & Lip balm
  • Good camera, spare batteries, extra memory cards, cables and chargers
  • Dust mask or scarf for protection against the dust