Uda Walawe National Park
Situated on the southern plains of Sri Lanka between the hill country and the south coast, Uda Walawe is one of the largest and most well-known national parks in Sri Lanka. It was established in the 1970s and houses some of the best spots in the country for seeing wild elephants, although other mammals are still quite rare. There are some fantastic bird-watching opportunities, with plenty of water birds inhabiting the wetlands and tanks. The park itself is located at the foot of the Hill Country, and makes a good stop-off point for those swinging through from Hatton or Nuwara Eliya down towards the south coast beaches or Yala National Park.