Lunugamwehera National Park

 

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Lunugamwehera National Park is situated 261 km southwest from Colombo. It was declared a national park with the intention of protecting the catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir and wildlife of the area and it is also a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park. Lunugamvehera is in the Dry zone of Sri Lanka and records temperature close to 30 degrees centigrade with rain between November and January each year.

Access to Lunugamwehera National Park

 

You can enter Lumugamwehera either via Rathnapura, Uda walawe, Thanamalwila to Lunugamvehera (approximately 231km) or via Hambantota, tissamaharama, thanamalwila to Lunugamvehera (approximately 265km)

What to see in Lunugamwehera National Park?

 

You can see 21 fish species, 12 amphibians, 33 reptiles, 183 birds and 43 mammals including Sri Lankan elephant, water buffalo, Sri Lankan sambar deer, wild boar, Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain, grizzled giant squirrel, Sri Lankan axis deer, Asian palm civet, Mugger crocodile,grey heron, black-headed ibis, Asian openbill, painted stork, and spot-billed pelican .

When to visit Lunugamwehera?

 

This park is open throughout the year and you can spot the same number of elephants throughout the year. Hence, there is no specific best time to visit lunugamwehera.

Category of Persons Applicable Fee per Person
Day Visit Overnight Visit
Local adult or locally resident adult Rs.40.00 Rs.80.00 per day
Foreign adult 10.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees 20.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees
Local child or locally resident child(6-12 yrs) Rs.20.00 Rs.40.00 per day
Foreign child (6-12yrs) 5.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees 10.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees
Service Charge 8.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees
Vehicle Fee – Jeep/Car/Van/Bus Rs. – 250/125/250/650
VAT 15 %
School children Rs.10.00