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Somawathiya National Park
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Somawathiya National Park

Area 37,645.5 hectares (145.350 sq mi)[1]
Established 1966 (Sanctuary)
1986 (National park)
Governing body Department of Wildlife Conservation

Somawathiya National Park is one of the four national parks designated under the Mahaweli River development project.[2] Somawathiya Chaitya, a stupa said to be containing a relic of the tooth of the Buddha, is situated within the park.[3] The park was created on 2 September 1986, having been originally designated a wildlife sanctuary on 9 August 1966.[4] The park is home to many megaherbivores.[1] The national park is located 266 kilometres (165 mi) north-east of Colombo.


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