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UDAWATTA KELE SANCTUARY

Udawatte Kele located north of Kandy Lake is an eco-tourism site which expands over 103 hectares. The park was once a forbidden forest during the Kandyan kingdom. The sanctuary contains three Buddhist forest monasteries and three cave dwellings for Buddhist monks. Udawatte Kele sanctuary houses to varieties of birds like yellow fronted barbet, Layard’s Parakeet, Spot-bellied eagle owl, Sri Lankan hanging parrot, Green-fronted leaf bird, and native three-toed kingfisher, Sri Lanka hill myna (approximately 80 species of birds can be seen). Therefore, for the bird experts armed with binoculars, is a great place to explore the bird life. The sanctuary is a good location for panoramic photographs of Kandy city and butterflies, mammals that come very close to you. Endemic animals like toque macaque, jackal, porcupine and mouse deer seems to be common. Obviously, 460 species of plants, especially lianas, Shrubs, herbs and small plants are survived in the jungle.