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Lunugamvehera Safari

Lunugamvehera Safari

Lunugamvehera, nestled in the picturesque Monaragala district of the Uva Province in Sri Lanka, is a hidden gem for wildlife enthusiasts. This enchanting national park, situated 261 km from Colombo and accessible through Tissamaharama in the Southern province, offers a unique safari experience like no other.

Established in 1995, Lunugamvehera National Park serves as a vital catchment area for the Lunugamvehera Reservoir and provides sanctuary to the diverse wildlife inhabiting the region. It also acts as a crucial elephant corridor, connecting the renowned Yala National Park on the east with the majestic Udawalawe National Park on the west. This corridor allows the graceful elephants to move freely between the parks, making it a favored destination for elephant sightings.

The park covers an extensive area of 23,498 hectares, featuring a dry mixed dense evergreen forest boasting diverse flora such as Weera, Pallu, Teak, Eucalyptus, and Kon. Additionally, vast grasslands and scrublands complement the natural beauty of the park. One of the park's highlights is the Lunugamvehera reservoir, encompassing 3,283 hectares, providing a serene backdrop for the wildlife and visitors alike.

At Lunugamvehera National Park, an array of safari options awaits nature enthusiasts. Choose from the invigorating morning safari, the adventurous afternoon safari, or the immersive full-day safari. Each safari offers a unique experience, providing ample opportunities to witness the park's diverse wildlife, captivating landscapes, and the mesmerizing interplay of nature's wonders. Embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Lunugamvehera's wilderness, where every safari promises moments of awe and connection with the untamed beauty of Sri Lanka.

Lunugamvehera National Park teems with rich biodiversity, harboring various species of mammals, including large herds of elephants, wild buffaloes, Wild Boar, Sambar deer, and many others. It is also home to fascinating creatures like the Fishing cat, Asian Palm civet, Grey mongoose, Sloth bear, and Mouse deer. Furthermore, the park boasts 21 species of fish, 12 amphibians, and 33 reptile species, making it a treasure trove of wildlife wonders.

Birdwatching enthusiasts will be delighted by the abundance of avian species, as the park welcomes nearly 200 species of both endemic and migratory birds. Some of the highlights include the Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Chestnut-headed bee-eater, and Spot-Billed pelican, among others. Lunugamvehera is a birdwatcher's paradise, offering rare glimpses of birds like the Indian peafowl, Crested hawk eagle, White-bellied sea eagle, and the vibrant Indian roller.

The park's dry zone forest experiences temperatures of around 30 degrees centigrade, with rainfall between November and January each year, making it a year-round destination for nature enthusiasts. The best way to explore the abundant wildlife of Lunugamvehera is through a pre-arranged Jeep Safari, offering an up-close and personal encounter with the wilderness.

A remarkable aspect of Lunugamvehera Safari is its status as a less-visited national park. This provides a unique opportunity for visitors to experience almost private shows of nature's wonders. Imagine the thrill of spotting a magnificent leopard or two during your safari in Lunugamvehera National Park, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lunugamvehera National Park

Lunugamvehera National park is situated near Yala National Park and stretches for around 24,000 hectares and its porpoise is protection for elephants migrating from Yala to Udawalawe National Park. Lunugamvehera is home for large number of wild elephants and buffaloes.

Where is Lunugmwehera National Park situated?

Lunugmawehera National Park is situated in dry zone near Thanamawila and it is close proximity to Yala National Park.

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Distance to Lunugamvehera National Park from Major Travel Destinations

  • • Colombo to Lunugamvehera National Park – 283km – 4hr
  • • Kandy to Lunugamvehera National Park – 207km – 5hr 40 min
  • • Bentota to Lunugamvehera National Park – 202km – 3hr 10 min
  • • Tissamaharama to Lunugamvehera National Park – 38 km – 1hr 7 min

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Why was Lunugmawehera declared as a national park?

Lunungamwehera national park was declared as a national park in 1995. It consists of two blocks Block 5 and Block 6. Lunugamvehera National Park protects the immediate catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir, serving as a link between the Yala Protected Area Complex to its east and Udawalawe National Park to its west, facilitating the ranging of Asian elephants to and from areas such as Haldummula and Koslanda in Uva Province and the southern region of Sri Lanka.

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What are the animals that you can witness in Lunugamvehera National Park?

21 fish species, 12 amphibians, 33 reptiles, 184 birds and 43 mammal species have been recorded in the park. Elephants frequent the teak plantations found within the park boundary, whilst other areas are home to domestic feral and wild buffalo and palm squirrel, giant squirrel, porcupine, palm cat wild boar, mouse deer and spotted deer. Sloth bear and leopardare present but found in low densities. Apart from these animals you can find fishing cat, grey mongoose and lots of other animals.

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What is the temperature in Lunugamvehera National Park?

The Park, being a dry zone forest records temperature close to 30 degrees centigrade with rain between November and January each year making the park suitable for visiting all year round.

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What is the climate in Lunugamvehera National Park?

Lunungamwehera NP is situated 261 km southwest from Colombo, It is situated in Monaragala in Uva Province and it’s located in the dry zone. Park is exposed to annual drought and it’s relieved by south west monsoon.

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What are the main access points to Lunungamwehera National Park?

There are two main access points to Lunugamvehera National Park.The entrance to the park is located on the Hambantota-Wellawaya road near Thanamalwila and the other entrance is from the Galge on Sella Kataragama – Buttala Road. This entrance is more suitable to access the Veheragala Reservoir or the Ruins. There is very little traffic from this entrance since most prefer Yala over this National Park but this area too is filled with wildlife.

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What is the Lunungamwehera National Park opening time?

Lunungamwehera National Park is open daily from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.

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What are the Safari times in Lunungamwehera National Park?

There are three main Safari times in Lunugamvehera National Park
• The Lunugamvehera Morning Safari – from 6:00 am in the morning to 10:00 am in the morning.
• The Lunungamwehera Afternoon Safari – from 2:30 pm in the afternoon to 6:00 pm in the evening.
• The Lunungamwehera Full day safari – from 6:00am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.
The safari would take place with an experienced guide in specially modified comfortable jeeps for unique safari experience.

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Best time to visit Lunugamvehera National Park?

There is no special time to visit Lunungamwehera National Park and you can visit it all year around. From May to September the south west monsoons hits the park so at these time there will be showers from time to time inside the park.

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What do you bring to a safari ride in Lunugamvehera National Park?

There are few tips you should follow when going on a safari in Lunungawehera National Park
• Bring a good binocular
• Zoom Lens
• Good Camera
• Khaki or light colored cotton garments to wear
• Plenty of water

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Bird Watching in Lunugamvehera National Park

Lunugamvehera located in the Monaragala district in the Uva Province, is 261 km from Colombo and is accessible via Tissamaharama in the Southern province or via Kalawana in the Sabaragamuwa province. The Park was established in 1995 with the intent of establishing an important catchment area for the Lunugamvehera Reservoir and as a sanctuary for the wildlife in the area. The park also acts as an elephant corridor between the Yala National Park on the east and the Udawalawe National Park on the west, facilitating the animals to move from one to the other, in addition to providing a favourable habitat for Elephants coming from the nearby Uva and Southern regions, making it a preferred destination for Elephant sighting.The Park with a dry mixed dense evergreen forest is made up mainly of Weera, Pallu, Teak, Eucalyptus, Kon amongst others, vast expanses of grasslands and scrublands, in total covering an extent of 23,498 ha of which 3,283 ha is occupied by the Lunugamvehera reservoir. The park is rich in biodiversity and is a favaourable habitat for large herds of Elephants, Wild Buffalo in addition to 43 species of mammals such as Wild Boar, Sambar deer, Spotted deer, Sri Lankan Axis deer, Fishing cat, Asian Palm civet, Grey mongoose, Grizzled Giant squirrel, Sloth bear and Mouse deer. The park is also home to 21 species of fish, 12 amphibians and 33 species of reptiles.

The reservoir and other water bodies in the park welcome thousands of water birds; nearly 200 species, both endemic and migratory who have made it a popular nesting and breeding ground. Some of the bird species found here include Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Chestnut headed bee-eater, Blue Faced malkoha, Sri Lanka Brown capped Babbler, Spot-Billed pelican, Malabar Pied hornbill, Grey heron, Black headed ibis, Painted stork, White-necked stork, and Marshall's iora, Asian openbill, Jungle owlet, Barred bustard quail, Indian peafowl, Crested hawk eagle, Crested serpent eagle, White-bellied sea eagle, Indian roller, Grey-Headed fish eagle, Indian pitta amongst other dry zone birds. The Park, being a dry zone forest records temperature close to 30 degrees centigrade with rain between November and January each year making the park suitable for visiting all year round.

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