Kaudulla – and its near-neighbour, Minneriya National Park – provide a migratory corridor for 10 per cent of Sri Lanka’s elephant population. Kaudulla sits at the heart of the Golden Triangle, making it easy to tick off within a cultural itinerary. Sloths, deer, bear monkeys small cats, migratory birds and more – are all drawn here by the park’s large lake. For more elephant experiences, go on a wildlife adventure in Udawalawe, a two-hour drive south of the Nuwara Eliya and Ella tea-growing regions. Feel your heart melt at the Elephant Transit Centre, a 15-minute drive away, which tends to injured and orphaned elephants. Time your visit to coincide with feeding time for maximum aaahs.