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Udawattekele Sanctuary

This lush, thick forest sanctuary situated near the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) and the Royal Palace in Kandy, was declared a royal forest reserve called ‘Tahansikele’ or ‘forbidden forest’ by Sinhala Kings during Kandy’s time as capital city of Sri Lanka. At the time, entry to everyone was prohibited. A diverse collection of fauna and flora as well as bird species can be found here.

Udawattekele’s placid calm especially during the early morning hours where the leaves gently glisten with dew, thick woody silence broken only by the shrieking of a monkey or a bird catching its morning feast, or disturbed by a monitor lizard that lazily makes its way toward a patch of sunlight seeking to warm its cold body. These and many more beautiful sights along with its many species of plants, herbs and trees await the nature lover at Udawattekele.

Some of the birds found here are; the Ceylon Lorikeet ,Stork-billed Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Brown Fish Owl, Forest eagle Owl, Wood Owl, Common Hill Myna, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Green Leaf warbler, Layard’s Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Brown-capped Babbler, Crimson-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Blossom-headed Parakeets, Indian Pitta, Indian Three-toed Kingfisher, and many more species.



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