Time Required : May to September
Entry Fee : LKR 3000
About half an hour away from the historical city of Polonnaruwa, bordered by the Angammedilla Canal in the south, lies Angammedilla National Park. A relatively more recent addition to Sri Lanka’s long list of protected areas, Angammedilla National Park is a habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park was initially designated to protect the catchment areas of the Parakrama Samudra, a shallow reservoir in Polonnaruwa, and the Minneriya and Girithale irrigation tanks.
Home to several Sri Lankan elephants, Angammedilla National Park, is a part of the country’s famous elephant corridor along with Minneriya, Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa National Parks. The wildlife at Angammedilla also includes wild boars, barking deer, purple-faced leaf monkey and water buffaloes. The serene atmosphere makes the park a joy for camping; visitors can also stay at a spacious bungalow administered by the Department of Wildlife Conservation that can accommodate ten people. A unique attraction at the park is the Angammedilla Gal Amuna, a stone weir built during the reign of King Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.
All in all, a visit to Angammedilla National Park is undoubtedly a must for a taste of Sri Lanka’s national parks that are off the beaten track.