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Ampara Tourism

Formerly a hunters' resting place in the British colonial period, Ampara became an official town in 1949 when D.S. Senanayake (the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka) established the Galoya scheme. Although this town is relatively small and with visits only via enroute, the town does house some worthy attractions.

One of the most popular attractions in Ampara is the Kumana National Park; a fantastic place to visit, especially for wildlife enthusiasts. Covering an extensive area of 35,664 hectares approximately, this park houses a wide variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals.

Some other well-known attractions are Deegavapi Stupa (an ancient Buddhist temple that is well-visited for its historical and religious significance) and Peace Pagoda (a peaceful temple built in 1988 to promote non-violence and world peace). So, while most people do not prioritise this town in their must-visit places in Sri Lanka, one should make some time for this budding tourist-town.

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Ampara Highlights

1. Rotakulam Lake

Rotakulam Lake
For those who are into bird-watching, Rotakulam Lake in the Eastern part of Sri Lanka is the site where one can spot numerous migratory birds gliding over the water and flying high. The lake is also known to be the perfect sunset viewing point.

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What is the best time to visit Ampara?

Ampara experiences summer in May, June, and July, with early June being the hottest time of the year when high temperatures range between 35.1 °C and 26.5 °C during the night. Although monsoon is between November and December; mid-December is the time which is most likely to rain.

Furthermore, while this town experiences an off-season in March, the busiest time to visit is in July, August, and January. Henceforth, the best time to visit Ampara is between March to May as this is the slowest time for tourism, so one can make the most out of their trip with pretty good deals. The weather is also considerably pleasant; with lower chances of rain and although the season is quite warm,  it would not interfere with one's trip.
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What are the places near Ampara?

The top places near to Ampara are Kandy which is 114 km from Ampara, Anuradhapura which is located 179 km from Ampara, Nuwara eliya which is located 105 km from Ampara, Sigiriya which is located 124 km from Ampara, Galle which is located 212 km from Ampara

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