Uda Walawe National Park is located in the south central "dry zone" of Sri Lanka, around the Uda Walawe reservoir. It rains here from March-April and October-December. The rest of the time, it's a great place for watching elephants.
Besides elephants, the park is also home to monkeys, leopard, deer, jackals, pigs, crocodiles, parakeets, hornbills, numerous species of eagles and owls, seasonal migrants such as water birds, pythons, cobras, vine snakes, star tortoises, and numerous other animals.
Large parts of the park resemble African savannah, with grass and woodland, though it was originally tropical deciduous forest. Some of the most dominant species are parasitic varieties such as strangler figs, which form beautiful and strangely-shaped, twisted multi-trunk trees. There are also trees sweet-scented Ehala trees, which drip with spectacular yellow flowers following the wet season.