Monday, March 23, 2009

Ecotourism – Sri Lanka

Gal Oya National Park – Sri Lanka

Gal Oya National Park is located in Inginiyagala and lies to the Badulla district. The park was established in 1954. The Park is 314 Kmtrs. away from Colombo and is most renowned for its elephants population. It is considered to be among the most scenically beautiful landscapes in Sri Lanka.

The park is rich in flora and fauna. About 45% of the park is covered by evergreen forest and a further 33% is taken up by savanna areas. The 25,900 hectare park has about 32 species of mammals including common langur, endemic toque macaque, leopard, sloth bear, elephant, wild boar, water buffalo and 3 species of deer. For birding enthusiasts, approximately 150 of Sri Lanka's 430 species of birds have been observed in this region.

How to go there

The route from Colombo (186 miles/300 km) is via Ratnapura, Pelmadulla, Udawalawe, Thanamalwila, Wellawaya, Moneragala and then north from Siyambalanduwa to Inginiyagala.

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