Lahugala National Park
Lahugala-Kitulana is a small National Park along the A4 main road, in 15 km distance from Pottuvil. It originally covered an area 1500 of hectares and has been extendedto 5100 hectares. Lahugala serves as part of a corridor for wild elephants migrating between the large national park complexes of Yala/Kumana and Gal Oya. Many elephants stay in Lahugala because of four natural lakes and the abundance of their favourite food, the tall Beru grass (Sacciopelsis interrupta). Mahawewa Lake is very close to the main road, so you can observe wild elephants for free here. Heritage tourists will visit one of the most important Buddhist excavation areas in south-eastern Sri Lanka, the ancient monastery complex called Magul Maha Vihara. It is famous for one excellent moon stone carving, one rare example in the south and east of Sri Lanka.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dry zone south
Yala NP camping-safari
Bundala NP bird watching
Kumana NP birds and wildlife
Okanda village life and beach
Rufus Kulam remote lake
Lahugala NP with heritage site
Gal Oya NP lakeside wildlife
Udawalawe NP wild elephants
Ussangoda serpentine rock
Dry zone north
Minneriya NP elephant gathering
Kaudulla NP elephant gathering
Habarana oxcart excursions
Nelumpure authentic village life
Mihintale ancient sanctuary
Namal Uyana ironwood sanctuary
Rasvehera monastery and wildlife
Tabbowe lake near Wilpattu NP
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
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Besides seasonally migrating elephant there is a herd of 50 wild elephants living in Lahugala-Kitulana National Park as their main habitat. So chances are quite good to observe elephants throughout the year. However the best period to visit Lahugala-Kitulana National Park is between Mai and September, dry season in this eastern part of our island. Then up to 150 elephants can crowd this area, arriving from the Yala area becoming too dry for them. The best time to observe large numbers is 5.00 pm at the Mahawewa, also called Lahugala tank. Morning hours are good for watching herds of spotted deer and wild boars. Crocodiles live in the lakes. Lahugala is interesting for bird watchers, too. Camp sites near Karanda Oya are planned.
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