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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  • September 3, 2017
    An over looked National park as its a little hard to get too... But we were so Happy, the only Jeep in the Park and we must have seen over a 100 wild Elephants, even having a Bull charge at us !!!. Th...  more »
  • August 29, 2017
    One of the best place to get a real camping experience in a Sri Lankan national park. Don't expect to see a huge variety of species except elephants and large flocks of deer. Our team camped there for...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We (four of us - two adults and two kids) went from Mapakada Village (a nice, simple and friendly hotel) who organised this trip for us. It was not expensive. We drove through some very rural Sri Lank...  more »
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  • May 8, 2017
    Good place for some wildlife photography. But access is restricted to most due to military bases in the area.
  • July 12, 2017
    Half day safari jeeps are now available for about 50 USD per jeep. Very hot and dusty in the dry season.
  • May 9, 2017
    Lovely place for all to see. B e a utiful
  • April 13, 2017
    Had an amazing trip. Lots of memories for the life...
  • April 15, 2017
    Place where travellers can see wild animals at Morning and evening times of the day. Specially wild elephants.

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