Maduru Oya National Park
Maduru Oya National Park
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Kasun W
Colombo, Sri Lanka714 contributions
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Jan 2014 • Friends
One of major National Parks in Sri Lanka surrounded by North Central, Uva, Eastern and Central Provinces. You can reach here from two directions. Most popular route is Via Polonnaruwa -> Aralaganwila -> Maduru Oya. Other road is Via Kandy -> Mahiyangana -> Mahaoya -> Maduru Oya. You can turn towards Dehiattakandiya from Mahiyangana and then reach to Maduru Oya via Aralaganwila.

There are couple of great accommodation options including Pimburaththewa Mahaweli Circuit Bungalow and Enderaetamulla Wild Life Department Circuit Bungalow. We stayed at Enderaetamulla Wild Life Department Circuit Bungalow which situated in stunning place facing Maduru oya Lake and the Dam. There is a care taker and a superb cook at the bungalow. It can easily accommodate 10 people and cost is very reasonable. You can reserve the bungalow by visiting Wild Life Department, Colombo.

With regarding the Park safari, you can easily find a 4x4 vehicle at about 4500/- to 5000/-. The park is very famous for aggressive wild elephants and thousands of spotted deer. If you can go to the Lake rivage in the evening (between 4.30 - 5.30 pm) you can easily spot more elephants, spotted deer, buffalo and pelicans.

Also you can visit to see the Maduru Oya Dam which was constructed within whooping 3 years (1980-1983) under Cursory Mahaweli Project. Worth visiting this valued place and i do recommend the Enderaetamulla Wild Life Department Circuit Bungalow if you plan to visit this National Park.
Written January 27, 2014
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Nirmal G
Colombo, Sri Lanka456 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Family
My review is just applicable to the south tip of Maduruoya National park. "Dambana" the indigenous peoples village was visited by my family. I was fascinated with their life style (more civilised now i guess) . Met the village chief Uruwarige Wannila attho and was privileged to take a photograph with him. The road to the village is in terrible shape, pl don't go in a car. its suitable for large and 4X4 vehicles only. The mueseum in the village is very informative and go on a weekday to enjoy with a lesser crowd. they have their rituals and other traditional events once in while. if your lucky , you will get to see them. i got to see a traditional dance routine.
Written February 6, 2015
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Alu-Poo
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka548 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Family
We were a group of 12 (8 adults and 4 children) staying for 3 nights at the Wildlife Department bungalow facing the reservoir. The bungalow has 3 rooms, each having one double bed and two single beds (bedsheets provided, bring blankets if you need). There are two bathrooms (bring towels). It is clean and the food was nice. The reservoir is shallow and the kids loved to play in the water. On the other side of the reservoir you can see elephants, deer, dancing peacocks etc. In the tree right at the bungalow there was a grey hornbill nesting. Just hanging out at the bungalow was very nice and relaxing. We also did two safaris. We were there in April and didn't really see many animals. But the landscapes are beautiful. We never saw other people despite it being school holidays. So I would recommend it for families with small children to get a "soft start" into wildlife watching. I also recommend it to swing by for just one night when visiting the area (Polonnaruwa etc.). Enjoy a peaceful evening. Always get up early and be at the tank by 5:30 am to watch the beautiful sunrise!
Written April 25, 2016
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DBL562
Somerset, UK96 contributions
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May 2022 • Couples
We visited this national park and did the safari. We didn’t enjoy the experience for a few reasons. Our car worked well and took us around no problems but it was not 4x4 and the roads are really bad. I often felt the car would get stuck so felt fearful the whole trip. We asked that they cut our journey short because of this. The check in and check out process was really terrible - it took such a long time for them to decide how much to charge us despite a sign on the wall saying 10$ for tourists plus 8% VAT - they couldn’t work it out and charged us more and also for extras. This took a very long time and whilst they were working it out, the guys were taking photos of us. When the safari finished they asked us for another 1000 rupees because they had worked out the original calculation wrong. We said no and left.
Most importantly, the safari. It was not good. We saw some monkeys, deer and other common animals. We saw elephants but they were just far away.
Half way through the safari we were taken to a museum which was full of elephants which had been shot.
I feel they need to get 4x4 cars or improve the tracks, improve the entrance process, and run safaris at times when they believe you would actually see animals.
Written May 18, 2022
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Sanka W
Colombo, Sri Lanka54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
The best park in the country to see absolutely stunning spotted deer. The place is filled with them. We saw more than 300 of them in different groups. Many elephants also call this park home, along with many wild boar & water buffaloes.

There're two entrances to the park. One from Aralaganwilla & the other from Mahiyanganaya side. However Aralaganwila side entrance is the most popular.

The ancient Veddas of Dambana also live inside the Maduru Oya National Park even though they're prohibited to hunt the animals.

The Hennanigala archaeological site is also situated inside the park.

Before coming to Aralaganwila, you can visit the Dimbulagala Temple (a steep climb) & the hotest hot water well in Sri Lanka - "Nelum Wewa" Hot Water Wells with a temperature of 62 degrees of Celsius.
Written July 15, 2013
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lakshmanisaac
Kandy District, Sri Lanka224 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
This national park has a very large elephant population i visited this park after eight months and was lucky again to see over hundred elephants birds and deer. I recomend this park to everyone
Written August 28, 2014
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profjoypc
Alnwick, UK4,679 contributions
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Jan 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed our safari ride through the park because the scenery was very beautiful, especially by the large lake. It took one hour to get there from our guest house in Maha Oya so if you are intending to do this, you need a long time. We were offered a six hour trip but we reduced it to four. Inside the park the bird life, especially by the lake, was very good indeed. We saw painted storks, a Brahmani Kite, kingfishers and numerous others. We were disappointed with the lack of large animals to see - we saw deer in a couple of places, wild buffalo and elephants that were mainly in the distance. Ironically, we had much better sightings of elephants from the jeep as we travelled along the road to and from the park. Overall we had no regrets about going as the scenery and birds were great, but it was an expensive afternoon for what we saw overall.
Written January 22, 2018
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Nick T
Greater London, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We (four of us - two adults and two kids) went from Mapakada Village (a nice, simple and friendly hotel) who organised this trip for us. It was not expensive. We drove through some very rural Sri Lanka on the way to the park, and once we were in felt like we'd found a truly wild place.
We were the only visitors to the park that day and after about 40 minutes of bumping around through scrub and forest emerged into an open landscape with a lake.
We spent some time around the lake and the fringes of the forest where we saw about a dozen elephants that seemed like they weren't used to seeing many people.
After that we spent a couple more hours driving around with our driver keen to find more elephants. We saw several dozen more, the highlight of which was about half an hour spent watching a group of seven elephants including a very young one and a couple of other slightly bigger youngsters with their mums from less than 50 metres. Truly fantastic seeing wild animals in a wild place.
This was our only National Park excursion, that we chose specifically to avoid the crowds. The Lonely Planet rated it as the 'worst national park in Sri Lanka'. I can't compare it to any others and we only saw elephants, but if isolation, tranquility and elephants is what you're after, then I can't fault this place. It also felt nice to put some money into the coffers of an obviously under-resourced park. Our driver (and park guide who came too) spoke no English, but were extremely friendly.
Recommended.
Written August 12, 2017
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Graham B
Braintree235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
As wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, this National Park seemed to be a must for our Sri Lankan tour. It started well at the small reception area where we transitioned from car to jeep....high in a tree we saw our first indigenous species of the furry kind. A Giant Squirrel, the size of a large domestic cat, plus a rare sighting of the Paradise Flycatcher. From the perspective of different animal sightings, it was quite difficult from then on. We did see elephants and some bird species .
Two problems... the first being that the Park is so very little visited that the animals are very wary and vary from not being seen at all to keeping a fair distance away, unlike other parks we visited. The photographic opportunities were few and far between. The second problem is that there are very few roads /tracks, so very little of the park can be traversed and the animals are spread so far apart. The forestry commission need to invest in this park for it to remain viable.
It is a most beautiful place, with lush green vegetation and trees; a veritable paradise, but unless the animals are more compartmentalised and more visible, by creating a network of vehicle tracks, it will not pay its way.
I do hope this park thrives, but it will only do so with more investment and thus more tourism.
Written March 19, 2017
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MarleenVV
Lovendegem65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Because it wasn't a touristic park yet, we thought we would see more animals, but we almost saw anything.
There are no roads yet, and we drove even through bushes, which was a bit painfull somethimes.
We expected much more of it.
We visited in march 2019
Written August 12, 2019
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