Kaudulla National ParkEco Tourism
A park premeditated with offering protection for the herd of elephant witnessed sometimes over 250 during the migration season, Kaudulla National Park provides a measure of protection not just for that single species, but for a host of others such as many mammals, birds and reptiles all scaled or feathered, leafy or hairy.
Located 190 kilometers from the capital city of Colombo it can be accessed through Habarana Trincomalee road from the Gal Oya junction which is only 6 kilometers from the Park. The Kudulla National Park plays a vital role in the region’s planned wild life protection which clearly stands attest the protection of bountiful natural heritage not just for survival but also to flourish for the future generations.
Located between Wasgamuwa National Park and Minneriya National Park this 6656 hectare conservations include semi mixed evergreen grass lands and riverside forests as well. Known for the flamboyant array of aquatic birds such as cormorants, painted storks and others, which attracts photographers from around the region, the wetlands of Kudulla Park is also home for fishing cats, sambar deer, the endangered rusty spotted cat, sloth bear and even at times leopards.Add to my trip
Lahugala National ParkBird Watching
Located about 16km inland to the west of Potuvil is the 1554 hectare Lahugala Kitulana National Park. The Pottuvil-Monaragala trunk road runs through the south-eastern sector of the park. It is 2 km off the main Monaragala – Pottuvil road some 5 km from Pottuvil. The park lies between larger wildlife reserves of Gal Oya National Park to the north and Ruhuna Yala National Park to the south, the Lahugala park is part of the protected ‘Elephant Corridor’ for the elephant population to move freely across the south-eastern part of the island initiated by the Governments as part of its nature and wild life conservation project.
The Lahugala Park was primarily declared as a sanctuary on 1st July 1966 which was later upgraded as a National park on 1st October 1980. Although considered as the smallest national parks in the country, the Lahugala Park is a popular location for elephant enthusiasts and bird watchers. The main reason for the large attraction of elephant herds in this park is contributed to the presence of the beru grass, which grows in the pastures around the main three tanks in the park. With the arrival of rain in October, most of the herds of elephants drift back to their regular haunts.Add to my trip