Lahugala Kitulana National Park

Lahugala Kitulana National Park

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About Lahugala Kitulana National Park

The flat green 1554 acre land of the Lahugala Kitulana National Park sprinkled with rocky outcrops seems like it was taken out of the cartoon Lion King. The park is sandwiched between two large parks: Gal Oya National Park to the north and Ruhuna Yala National Park to the south. Although known as the one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka, Lahugala holds a rich variety of flora and fauna within its premises. The highlight of the park are its various inhabitants who take shelter in this monsoon forest. The national park consists of three reservoirs called Lahugala, Kitulana and Sengamuwa which falls into the Heda Oya River. At the beginning the park was a wildlife sanctuary and was upgraded as a national park in 1980.

Lahugala Park lies in the basin of Heda Oya, 16 km inland from the coastal town Pottuvil in Eastern Province. A notable fact about the park is that it's a part of the protected 'Elephant Corridor' where the elephant population can move freely across the south-eastern part of the island.

What can you see?

Take a trip towards the northern edge of the park and you will find yourself in the midst of an ancient temple called Magul Maha Viharaya. This temple was built by King Devanmpiyathissa, and is said to be the place where he married Princess Vihara Maha Devi. Sources claim that the foundations of the wedding ceremony can still be seen in the premises. The premises of this Vihara stretches across 10,000 acres and contains ruins of a palace, moonstone, monastery, stupas and ponds etc. While you are there take a closer look at the moonstone which is said to be the only location where elephants are carved with their mahouts in the moonstone.

Recorded visitors to the park:

  • Endemic Toque Macaque
  • Sloth Bear
  • Golden Jackal
  • Rusty-spotted Cat
  • Fishing Cat
  • Indian Muntjac
  • Indian Pangolin
  • Indian Hare
  • Great White Pelican
  • Purple Heron
  • Painted Stork
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Woolly-necked Stork