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F.A.Q about Lunugamwehera National Park

Lunugamwehera National park is situated near Yala National Park and stretches for around 24,000 hectares and its porpoise is protection for elephants migrating from Yala to Udawalawe National Park. Lunugamwehera is home for large number of wild elephants and buffaloes.

1. Where does Lunugmwehera National Park situated?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

Lunugmawehera National Park is situated in dry zone near Thanamawila and it is close proximity to Yala National Park.

2. Distance from Major Travel Destinations

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan
• Colombo to Lunugamwehera National Park – 283km – 4hr
• Kandy to Lunugamwehera National Park – 207km – 5hr 40 min
• Bentota to Lunugamwehera National Park – 202km – 3hr 10 min
• Tissamaharama to Lunugamwehera National Park – 38 km – 1hr 7 min

3. Why was Lunugmawehera declared as a national park?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

Lunungamwehera national park was declared as a national park in 1995. It consists of two blocks Block 5 and Block 6. Lunugamvehera National Park protects the immediate catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir, serving as a link between the Yala Protected Area Complex to its east and Udawalawe National Park to its west, facilitating the ranging of Asian elephants to and from areas such as Haldummula and Koslanda in Uva Province and the southern region of Sri Lanka.

4. What are the animals that you can witness in Lunugamwehera National Park?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

21 fish species, 12 amphibians, 33 reptiles, 184 birds and 43 mammal species have been recorded in the park. Elephants frequent the teak plantations found within the park boundary, whilst other areas are home to domestic feral and wild buffalo and palm squirrel, giant squirrel, porcupine, palm cat wild boar, mouse deer and spotted deer. Sloth bear and leopard are present but found in low densities. Apart from these animals you can find fishing cat, grey mongoose and lots of other animals.

5. What is the temperature in Lunugamwehera National Park?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

The Park, being a dry zone forest records temperature close to 30 degrees centigrade with rain between November and January each year making the park suitable for visiting all year round.

6. What is the climate in Lunugamwehera National Park?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

Lunungamwehera NP is situated 261 km southwest from Colombo, It is situated in Monaragala in Uva Province and it’s located in the dry zone. Park is exposed to annual drought and it’s relieved by south west monsoon.

7. What are the main access points to Lunungamwehera National Park?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

There are two main access points to Lunugamwehera National Park.The entrance to the park is located on the Hambantota-Wellawaya road near Thanamalwila and the other entrance is from the Galge on Sella Kataragama – Buttala Road. This entrance is more suitable to access the Veheragala Reservoir or the Ruins. There is very little traffic from this entrance since most prefer Yala over this National Park but this area too is filled with wildlife.

8. What is the Lunungamwehera National Park opening time?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

Lunungamwehera National Park is open daily from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.

9. What are the Safari times in Lunungamwehera National Park?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

10. Best time to visit Lunugamwehera National Park?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

There is no special time to visit Lunungamwehera National Park and you can visit it all year around. From May to September the south west monsoons hits the park so at these time there will be showers from time to time inside the park.

11. What do you bring to a safari ride in Lunugamwehera National Park?

August 30, 2022 | by Krishan

There are few tips you should follow when going on a safari in Lunungawehera National Park

• Bring a good binocular
• Zoom Lens
• Good Camera
• Khaki or light colored cotton garments to wear
• Plenty of water

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