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Bird Sentuary - Lunugamvehera National Park in Tanamalwila

Bird Sentuary - Lunugamvehera National Park
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Bird Sentuary - Lunugamvehera National Park

This park can be reached from Colombo on the following route.

Colombo – Ratnapura – Pelmadulla – Godakawela – Sankapala - Turn left at the Udawalawa Junction and proceed along the National park – Tanamalwila – Turn right – Look for the park board - entrance is a few km from Tanamalwila Junction. (5 hours)

This is the immediate catchment of the Lunugamvehera reservoir and is 23,498 hectares in extent with 14% being the reservoir. This park links the Yala protected area complex on its east and Udawalawa National Park to its west and was declared in December 1995.  The vegetation includes dry forests, open thorny scrub and grass lands.  The large tank, small water bodies and the water ways make this location very good for birds. There are two bungalows for visitors interested in staying over night in side the park which has to be pre booked at the DWLC head office in Colombo.

Birds to look for

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Blue-faced Malkoha, Spot-billed Pelican, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Painted Stork, White-necked Stork, Marshall’s Iora, Jungle Owlet, Barred Bustard Quail, Indian Peafowl,  Crested Honey Buzzard, Crested Hawk Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-bellied sea Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Indian Pitta and many more.

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