The size of this park is about 15 sq kms (1,554 he), one of the smallest in the country.
The park was declared a national park on 31 October 1980. Since July 1966 it was recognized as as a sanctuary. Geographical location of this park lies in the basin of the Heda Oya in Eastern province. The Pottuvil – Monaragala road runs through the south eastern sector of the park. The terrain is flat with occasional rock outcrops . The park features three tanks, Lahugala (243ha), Kitulana and Senagamuwa, which ultimately drain into the Heda Oya. These tanks are largely silted up and support an abundance of Beru grass.
There are two dry periods. One from May to October and the other from mid January to March. Annual rainfall is about 1,650 mm. The north-east monsoon lasts from November to the end of December. Lying in the dry zone, the vegetation surrounding the tank is dry mixed evergreen forest with scrub. Other include Weera (Drypetes sepiaria), Palu (Manilkara hexandra), Halmilla (Berrya cordifolia), Milla (Vitex pinnata), Satin (Chloroxylon swietenia) and Ehala (Cassia fistula). Beru (Sacciopelsis interrupta), a tall reedy grass , covers the tanks. Rivers are fringed by gallery forest.
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Price : The price may slightly go up or down at the time of booking.
Payment : Full payment is settled prior starting the tour/excursion.
Days of the tour or the hours of excursion : The tour or the excursion is completed within mentioned time.
Per hour vehicle detention fee : 3 USD - Tuk Tuk / 5 USD Standard car & van
Weather : If weather conditions are unfavourable activities will be adjusted accordingly.
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About this safari
Best season : All year around
Available : Daily
Arranging time needed : 1 day
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Best time of the day to start : Early mornings and afternoons
Starting point : Pottuvil and Arugam Bay area
Starting time : 5 AM or 2 PM
Finishing time : 6 PM
Safari hrs : 4
Restrictions : Do not touch corals please / Be a responsible and ethical snorkeler and diver / No flash photography of ancient paintings / Cover your knees and shoulders before enter any temple. / Do not leave plastics behind. Please do not feed wild animals.
Basic price includes : Pick up from Pottuvil and Arugam Bay area / Entrance ticket / Safari Jeep / Professional trekker / All Gov taxes.
Extra : A binocular can be provided at request with a charge of 7 USD
Child price : Aged 6 - 12 is considered a child / Aged 0 - 6 is free of charge.
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Optional : A well-spoken local animal expert / historian could be arranged with an additional fee.
You may bring : Water / Hat and sun glass / Sun cream / Camera / Binocular