Maduru Oya National Park, Aralaganwila

#6 of 10 in Nature in North Central Province
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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  • We drove to Maduru Oya from Batticaloa. It took us about 2 hours to reach the national park due to poor stretches of road and we werent in a 4-wheel drive. When we reached the park office, we found th...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • This is beautiful park,worth visiting.Remember mostly what you are Elephants.Check the price tag of your safari.Don’t pay exorbitant prices to cunning safari riders You may explore the area on your own too.You will be able to see elephants by the side of road,but never approach them close,Drive the vehicle slowly and away from them.If you are on a bike never ever go closer
  • Mahaoya - Aralaganwila road runs through the Maduru Oya National park. You will see a bunch of Elephants at any time. There are many eye catching views on the way. Henanigala temple also can be visited. At least once in your lifetime , you should travel by this road.
  • Nice national Park not crowded like the other parks most animals are very shy and take cover plenty of spotted deer and elephants
  • Perfect many wild elephants even in day time
  • You can see lots of wild elephants in Maduruoya. Scenic beauty but can look dry during certain periods. Beautiful view near lake in evenings.

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