Maduru Oya National Park, Aralaganwila

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National Park
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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  • This is a ideal location to watch and enjoy the behaviour of wild elephants in the wild and not disturbed like in other wild life parks by the excess safari jeeps the best place to see elephants  more »
  • As wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, this National Park seemed to be a must for our Sri Lankan tour. It started well at the small reception area where we transitioned from car to jeep....high in...  more »
  • This is the best wild life park I have been so far. very natural & wild. we stayed just 2 days , one night at the Wild life Bungalow. We saw lot of elephants even near the road. Very nice place & our ...  more »
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  • Good place for some wildlife photography. But access is restricted to most due to military bases in the area.
  • Lovely place for all to see. B e a utiful
  • Had an amazing trip. Lots of memories for the life...
  • Place where travellers can see wild animals at Morning and evening times of the day. Specially wild elephants.
  • Awesome place to see Wild elephants. The National Park stretches over 35 kilometers from maha oya to polonnaruwa. Serenity.. natural beauty.. freedom!!!