Lunugamvehera National Park
The Lunugamvehera National Park was opened to the public by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse on February 01 on the invitation of Environment and Natural Resources Minister A. H. M. Fowzie.
The Lunugamvehera National Park was established for protection as a corridor for elephant migration from the Yala National Park to the Uda Walawe National Park's Western region and for the protection of the catchment areas of the Lunugamvehera Reservoir. Even though the Lunugamvehera National Park covering an extent of 23,498.8 ha. was established on December 08, 1995, it had not been opened to the public. The Lunugamvehera Reservoir within the park covers 3,283 ha.
Located in the Moneragala District of the Uva Province, Lunugamvehera extends to Thanamalwila, Wellawaya, Kataragama, Buttala and to the Hambantota District in the South. Rich in biodiversity the park is a habitat for a large number of wild elephants and wild buffaloes. In addition other species of animals such as Fishing Cat, Grey Mongoose, Bear, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer and Mouse Deer are found here. Being a dry-mixed evergreen forest, Lunugamvehera Park has a variety of tree and plant species which provide ample food-stocks for vegetarian animals.
The Prime Minister also declared open the Yala Rock Entrance which provides access to Yala blocks III, IV and V. The Lunugamvehera National Park has two access roads while the headquarters of the park is located on the Hambantota-Wellawaya road.
by Florence Wickramage, Daily News, 09.02.2005
The park office is situated at Lunugamvehera on the Wellwaya-Hambantota road. There are two main access routes to the park headquarters from Colombo:
August 23, 2007