Maduru Oya National Park, Aralaganwila

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Maduru Oya National Park is a national park of Sri Lanka, established under the Mahaweli development project and also acts as a catchment of the Maduru Oya Reservoir. The park was designated on 9 November 1983. Providing a sanctuary to wildlife, especially for elephants and protecting the immediate catchments of five reservoirs are the importance of the park. A community of Vedda people, the indigenous ethnic group of Sri Lanka lives within the park boundary in Henanigala. The park is situated 288km north-east of Colombo.Physical featuresDegradation of Precambrian rock has effected in the creation of a mature mantled and undulating peneplain, disturbed by many prominent remnants of erosion (rock outcrops) and ridges. Imposing topographic feature is the 8km long range of rocky mountains of the south-west of the park. The geographical regime includes alluvium deposits and Miocene limestone. The major soil type is the relatively fertile but easily eroded red earth. Water systems of the park made up 15% of the land area, include five reservoirs; Maduru Oya, Ulhitiya, Ratkinda, NDK, and Henanigala reservoirs and tributaries of the Mahaweli and Maduru Oya rivers. Situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, the climatic conditions are doinated by the north-east monsoon, which persists from October to February. The mean annual rainfall is 1650mm and the mean annual temperature is about 27C, and overall evapotranspiration rates usually exceed precipitation levels.
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  • A beautiful beautiful park and an amazing place to see many wild animals. Elephants can be seen freely roaming and with less crowd you can observe them for some time. Pick a good safari jeep because t...  more »
  • A park close to Polonnaruwa and Mahiyangana and specially there are no jeeps to out number the elephants. We saw the deer, Crocodile and lot of elephants. Surrounding landscape was stunningly beautifu...  more »
  • I visited this park on an organised half day Safari from Polonnaruwa. Altough it is a 70 km ride to get there it is well worth it. No crowd like reputedly at Minneriya or Kaddula NP, we were the only ...  more »
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  • Awesome place to see Wild elephants. The National Park stretches over 35 kilometers from maha oya to polonnaruwa. Serenity.. natural beauty.. freedom!!!
  • This is one of best national park in Sri Lanka to see group of elephants. When I visited the park on September there were 300+ elephants and countless deers at the Maduru Oya reservoir of the park. You can find a good safari service for a 5,000+ LKR and 3.00 PM to 6.00 PM is the idle time for watching creatures. Always try to spend more time at the Maduru Oya reservoir. It is the best place to watching groups of elephants. Also do not forget to visit Wildlife Museum at the park. You could see lot of skulls of Tuskers and rare animals there.
  • The new park is designed to protect the immediate catchments of five reservoirs developed under the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Programme.
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