Lunugamvehera National Park

Lunugamvehera National Park

Lunugamvehera National Park
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Emma M
Well, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We set out at 5am for this trip but it was perfect. Just us in our jeep with a very good careful driver and a friendly and knowledgeable guide.
it was peaceful and unhurried. We were in the park for approx 4 hours and only saw one other jeep.
We saw a huge array of beautiful animals and birds waking up in the wild with no stress of even being aware of us being there.
Written February 9, 2020
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Valiant2
Somerset134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited this park in the afternoon having been to Yala in the morning, and far preferred it. It was much less busy, and unlike Yala when we did see elephants, jackals etc we had them to ourselves rather than a scrum with scores of other jeeps arriving.

Very enjoyable visit.
Written February 8, 2020
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Kasun W
Colombo, Sri Lanka744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
Lunugamvehera National Park is one of the major national park in Sri Lanka which situated and bordered to Yala National Park. You can visit this National Park via two (02) main routes as follows:

Via Colombo>Rathnapura>Uda walawe>Thanamalwila to Lunugamvehera (approximately 231km)
Via Colombo>Hambantota>tissamaharama>thanamalwila to Lunugamvehera (approximately 265km)

By visiting here you could observe Wild Elephant, Wild Boar, Leopard, Wild Buffalo, Crocodiles, Spotted Deer, Rabbits, Peacock and variety of Birds. It has Three bungalows inside the National Park which you could book via Department of Wild Life-Sri Lanka. Following link will provide additional details regarding the bungalows.

http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/Bungalows.html
Written January 2, 2015
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Sibel H
England, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
This is a total contrast to the the busy safari park at Yala, where the jeep drivers had no respect for the animals and were only interested in getting as close to the animal as possible, crashing into each other and frightening the leopard away so no one got to observe it. But in the lesser known Lunugamvehera, which we entered opposite Block 3 entrance to Yala, it was tranquil and peaceful as not many people use it. We spotted an abundance of wildlife, and we saw 3 leopards on our afternoon safari. In contrast to the terrible behaviour of safari jeep drivers at Yala, here the drivers were respectful of the animals and were content to sit quietly and observe the leopards. Would definitely recommend over Yala any day, which is much busier.
Written March 23, 2017
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Alexander-Moelker
Meppel, The Netherlands96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Getting away from the crowd in Yala's main feature (block 1) we got to Lunugamvehera National Park. Actually also Yala but this is block 3! No traffic jams and here we did see leopards!
Please do note that the drivers here are exclusively focused to find the prized leopard. Although it's wonderful to find them but it did give me the feeling nothing else matters.
Written September 11, 2017
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gail t
Mandalay, Myanmar51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We saw:

Redback jackels
Yellow-wattled lapwings
Red-wattled lapwing
Changeable hawks
Serpent hawks
Malabar Pied hornbills
Peahens and peacocks
Western purple faced langurs
Common hoopoe
Black-rumped firebacker
Painted storks
Open bill stork
Elephants
Green bee eaters
Blue-tailed bee eater
Bulbul
Munia
Spotted deer
Water buffaloes
Crocodiles
Grey mongoose
Green pigeon

It rained for part of our safari which I found very refreshing. Of course we had to put our cameras away for a while. After the rain we continued on. I got some really great shots of the wildlife, especially the birds!! Loved this place.
Written April 9, 2019
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Evarts Photography
Colombo, Sri Lanka755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
This park is one of the least visited parks as most people visit the famous Yala block 1. As a result this park is almost empty and ideal for bird, leopard, elephant, deer, bear sightings. I highly recommend a full day safari where the jeep cost will be Rs. 10,000.

Make sure you book a Toyota Hilux cab or Mitsubishi L200 cab and never a Mahindra jeep because the Mahindra is uncomfortable and engine makes a loud noise scaring away animals. Also, check if your safari jeep front glass can be opened to give you a better view.

If you visit this park make sure you go to Lunugamwehera and book from there and never from Yalal because safari jeeps in Yala take you to Yala block 5 claiming that it is Lunugamwehera where it is not!! It is only a part of Lunugamwehera which is also called block 5.
Written September 5, 2017
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lovethisplanet2014
Palmerston, Australia225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Nice park with lots of animals to see. We weren’t lucky enough to see a leopard but we had some pretty good jackal encounters, 2 species of monkeys and more than 50 bird species.
Our driver was very good. He drove slowly and carefully and stopped immediately when told by the park guide or us.
His name is Walter, company name: Sellam Safari.
mobile: 0702000097/98
The Jeep (fitting 6 people) was Rs 8000 for the whole group (4 hours turned into 5 hours).

Entry fee into the park was US$ 10 (+ 8US$ service fee per group, + 15% tax).
Written April 17, 2019
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Kapila2812
Colombo, Sri Lanka26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
I know lot of people are interested in going to Yala and the place is some what crowded. Two weeks back I was there with a person from the area. I saw at least 50 deers in one go and around 500 during the tour inside the park. We saw plenty of elephants as well.

This area is adjoining the Yala block 5 which most of the tourist are not being taken to and the animals of the Yala stage 5 move into this area pretty often.

As per the experience of the local person he has spotted 2 leopards during another visit and that was during evening. But during my visit I did not sight any leopards. This area has a lovely view of greenery compared to Yala.
Written September 2, 2015
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Dasuntharanga
Colombo, Sri Lanka78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Lunugamvehera National Park lies between Yala and Uda Walawe national parks. 184 species of bird have been recorded in the park, mostly forest birds and water birds.Sri Lankan junglefowl, Sri Lanka woodstrike, painted stork, Brahmin kite, grey hornbill and many kinds of Eagles can be seen at the park. It is a home to elephants, spotted and sambar deer, wild buffalo, giant squirrel, palm cat, sloth bear and leopards.
Written October 5, 2019
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