Udawattakele Reserve is a historical reserve located on a hilltop in Kandy. It covers an area of 104 hectares. Named a forest reserve in 1856, it became a sanctuary in 1938. It is one of the most popular reserves among bird watchers. Various species of plants, shrubs, small trees and liana species are easily seen in this reserve. In addition, it is home to a large number of small and medium-sized mammals and many reptile species in Sri Lanka.
A large number of school children come to see this as it has great educational and entertainment value. Also, The forest has religious significance as there is three Monastery of Buddhist meditations for Buddhist monks. The best way to enjoy the forest is to spend a full day exploring its many trails and hidden ruins.