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Lunugamvehera National Park Safari

Lunugamvehera National Park, located in Sri Lanka, offers an exceptional safari experience amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Embark on a thrilling Lunugamvehera National Park safari to witness the wonders of this protected area. Encounter diverse wildlife, including elephants, deer, crocodiles, and an array of bird species, as you explore its lush forests, grasslands, and scenic lakes. Immerse yourself in the serenity of this sanctuary, capturing unforgettable moments and creating lifelong memories in the heart of Lunugamvehera National Park.

With us, you can experience Lunugamvehera National Park Safari like no other! we offer Lunugamvehera National Park Safari Morning Tour, Lunugamvehera National Park Safari Afternoon Tour and Lunugamvehera National Park Safari Full Day Tour.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lunugamvehera National Park

Lunugamvehera National park is situated near Yala National Park and stretches for around 24,000 hectares and its porpoise is protection for elephants migrating from Yala to Udawalawe National Park. Lunugamvehera is home for large number of wild elephants and buffaloes.

Where is Lunugamvehera National Park situated?

Lunungamvehera National Park is situated in dry zone near Thanamawila and it is close proximity to Yala National Park.

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Distance to Lunugamvehera National Park from Major Travel Destinations

  • • Colombo to Lunugamvehera National Park – 283km – 4hr
  • • Kandy to Lunugamvehera National Park – 207km – 5hr 40 min
  • • Bentota to Lunugamvehera National Park – 202km – 3hr 10 min
  • • Tissamaharama to Lunugamvehera National Park – 38 km – 1hr 7 min

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Why was Lunungamvehera declared as a national park?

Lunungamvehera national park was declared as a national park in 1995. It consists of two blocks Block 5 and Block 6. Lunugamvehera National Park protects the immediate catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir, serving as a link between the Yala Protected Area Complex to its east and Udawalawe National Park to its west, facilitating the ranging of Asian elephants to and from areas such as Haldummula and Koslanda in Uva Province and the southern region of Sri Lanka.

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What are the animals that you can witness in Lunugamvehera National Park?

21 fish species, 12 amphibians, 33 reptiles, 184 birds and 43 mammal species have been recorded in the park. Elephants frequent the teak plantations found within the park boundary, whilst other areas are home to domestic feral and wild buffalo and palm squirrel, giant squirrel, porcupine, palm cat wild boar, mouse deer and spotted deer. Sloth bear and leopardare present but found in low densities. Apart from these animals you can find fishing cat, grey mongoose and lots of other animals.

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What is the temperature in Lunugamvehera National Park?

The Park, being a dry zone forest records temperature close to 30 degrees centigrade with rain between November and January each year making the park suitable for visiting all year round.

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What is the climate in Lunugamvehera National Park?

Lunungamvehera NP is situated 261 km southwest from Colombo, It is situated in Monaragala in Uva Province and it’s located in the dry zone. Park is exposed to annual drought and it’s relieved by south west monsoon.

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What are the main access points to Lunungamvehera National Park?

There are two main access points to Lunugamvehera National Park.The entrance to the park is located on the Hambantota-Wellawaya road near Thanamalwila and the other entrance is from the Galge on Sella Kataragama – Buttala Road. This entrance is more suitable to access the Veheragala Reservoir or the Ruins. There is very little traffic from this entrance since most prefer Yala over this National Park but this area too is filled with wildlife.

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What is the Lunungamvehera National Park opening time?

Lunungamvehera National Park is open daily from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.

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What are the Safari times in Lunungamvehera National Park?

There are three main Safari times in Lunugamvehera National Park
• The Lunugamvehera Morning Safari – from 6:00 am in the morning to 10:00 am in the morning.
• The Lunungamvehera Afternoon Safari – from 2:30 pm in the afternoon to 6:00 pm in the evening.
• The Lunungamvehera Full day safari – from 6:00am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.
The safari would take place with an experienced guide in specially modified comfortable jeeps for unique safari experience.

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Best time to visit Lunugamvehera National Park?

There is no special time to visit Lunungamvehera National Park and you can visit it all year around. From May to September the south west monsoons hits the park so at these time there will be showers from time to time inside the park.

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What do you bring to a safari ride in Lunugamvehera National Park?

There are few tips you should follow when going on a safari in Lunungawehera National Park
• Bring a good binocular
• Zoom Lens
• Good Camera
• Khaki or light colored cotton garments to wear
• Plenty of water

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Bird Watching in Lunugamvehera National Park

Lunugamvehera located in the Monaragala district in the Uva Province, is 261 km from Colombo and is accessible via Tissamaharama in the Southern province or via Kalawana in the Sabaragamuwa province. The Park was established in 1995 with the intent of establishing an important catchment area for the Lunugamvehera Reservoir and as a sanctuary for the wildlife in the area. The park also acts as an elephant corridor between the Yala National Park on the east and the Udawalawe National Park on the west, facilitating the animals to move from one to the other, in addition to providing a favourable habitat for Elephants coming from the nearby Uva and Southern regions, making it a preferred destination for Elephant sighting.The Park with a dry mixed dense evergreen forest is made up mainly of Weera, Pallu, Teak, Eucalyptus, Kon amongst others, vast expanses of grasslands and scrublands, in total covering an extent of 23,498 ha of which 3,283 ha is occupied by the Lunugamvehera reservoir. The park is rich in biodiversity and is a favaourable habitat for large herds of Elephants, Wild Buffalo in addition to 43 species of mammals such as Wild Boar, Sambar deer, Spotted deer, Sri Lankan Axis deer, Fishing cat, Asian Palm civet, Grey mongoose, Grizzled Giant squirrel, Sloth bear and Mouse deer. The park is also home to 21 species of fish, 12 amphibians and 33 species of reptiles.

The reservoir and other water bodies in the park welcome thousands of water birds; nearly 200 species, both endemic and migratory who have made it a popular nesting and breeding ground. Some of the bird species found here include Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Chestnut headed bee-eater, Blue Faced malkoha, Sri Lanka Brown capped Babbler, Spot-Billed pelican, Malabar Pied hornbill, Grey heron, Black headed ibis, Painted stork, White-necked stork, and Marshall's iora, Asian openbill, Jungle owlet, Barred bustard quail, Indian peafowl, Crested hawk eagle, Crested serpent eagle, White-bellied sea eagle, Indian roller, Grey-Headed fish eagle, Indian pitta amongst other dry zone birds. The Park, being a dry zone forest records temperature close to 30 degrees centigrade with rain between November and January each year making the park suitable for visiting all year round.

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Jeep Safari in Lunugamwehera National Park

Lunugamwehera National Park, located in the deep south of Sri Lanka, beckons adventure seekers with its untamed landscapes and diverse wildlife. One of the most exhilarating ways to explore the vast wilderness of this national park is through a jeep safari

Lunugamwehera, part of the larger Yala National Park complex, offers a unique and less-crowded Jeep safari in lunugamwherea national park safari experience. The jeep safari becomes the gateway to encounters with a wide range of wildlife, from majestic elephants to elusive leopards, making it a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts.Lunugamwehera is renowned for its significant elephant population. Jeep safaris provide an opportunity to witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat, often seen bathing in waterholes or grazing amidst the lush vegetation.

The park is a haven for birdwatchers, boasting over 180 bird species. A jeep safari in Lunugamwehera national park allows enthusiasts to explore different ecosystems within the park, from open plains to dense forests, making it easier to spot a variety of avian wonders.Lunugamwehera's diverse landscapes include scrublands, grasslands, and water bodies. Jeep safari in Lunugamwhera national park take you through these varied terrains, providing a chance to observe the park's flora and fauna in their distinct habitats. While leopards are more elusive than elephants, the park is home to a considerable leopard population. The thrill of spotting these majestic big cats in the wild adds an extra layer of excitement to the jeep safari in Lunungamwehera national park experience.

The dry season, typically from May to September, is considered the best time for a jeep safari in Lunugamwehera. During this period, wildlife congregates around water sources, increasing the chances of memorable sightings.As the popularity of jeep safari in Lunugamwehera national park grows, the importance of responsible tourism becomes paramount. Tour operators often collaborate with local conservation efforts to minimize the ecological impact and contribute to the long-term sustainability of Lunugamwehera National Park.

When planning a jeep safari in Lunugamwehera national park, it's advisable to book through reputable tour operators who prioritize safety, experienced guides, and adherence to park regulations. Comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and binoculars are essential items to enhance your safari experience.A jeep safari in Lunugamwehera National Park offers more than just a thrilling adventure; it's a journey into the heart of Sri Lanka's wilderness. Whether you're captivated by the sight of elephants, the call of exotic birds, or the elusive nature of leopards, this safari promises a unique and immersive experience amidst the untamed beauty of nature. Strap in, hold on, and let the Jeep Safari in Lunugamwehera National Park unfold the mysteries of the wild before your eyes."

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