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Lahugala National Park

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Though one of Sri Lanka's smallest National Parks, Lahugala is still a very important stretch of protected land, as it's home to Sri Lankan Elephants, who reside mostly around the reservoirs of Lahugala, Kitulana and Sengamuwa – they've been feeding in this region for hundreds of years, they like a special grass that grows here.

All sorts of colourful critters live here, not just the rather graceful and sedate looking elephants: there are Purple Herons, Painted Stork, Golden Jackal, Fishing Cats, Spot-billed Pelicans, Asian Openbills, Red-faced Malkoha, Tufted Grey Langur and Torque Macaques.

The monsoon makes it a bit too damp to visit in November and December – the best times to visit for wildlife is when the park is drier and all the animals venture out and stay along the reservoirs between January and March and May and October.

Written by  Dan Alba.

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