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Maduru Oya National Park, Aralaganwila
Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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.To visit Maduru Oya National Park and other attractions in Aralaganwila, use our Aralaganwila trip itinerary planner.
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This park hasn't been open as long as some others and not so well advertised for tourists. Our patient driver found it in the end as he had never been there either and rang ahead to book a jeep for us... read more »
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One of the top wild reserves in the island, if not the best. Stunning environment; owe inspiring. Elephants are an obvious promise if you visit the site around 4 p.m. l recommend to be a must visit th... read more »
This is one of the best places to see Elephants. There are no traffic jam of Safari Jeeps like in Yala or Udawalawe. We had a peaceful safari. We went to see the Maduru Oya Dam. There were lot of Elep... read more »
Good place to go and see. Very calm and rich of wildlife
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