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Maduruoya National Park

Polonnaruwa, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Polonnaruwa
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 Maduruoya National Park was established in order to make a habitat for the animals that were displaced by the Mahaveli Development Project. It lies over 58,849 hectares in dry zone of Sri lanka and 300 km away from Colombo. This park is a sanctuary to wildlife, especially for elephants, and a catchment of five reservoirs. A community of Vedda people, the indigenous ethnic group of Sri Lanka lives within the park southern boundary in Henanigala.

Maduruoya holds significance as it joins Yala East, Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya National Parks. These joined parks facilitate elephants to move from one to another and find their food since elephants are a species that usually walk about 10 miles finding food.

There is a dense forest cover around Maduruoya (the river) including timber wood such as Veera(Drypetes sepiaria), Palu(Manilkara hexandra), Kumbuk and liana species.

We find vast stretches of open plains dominated by grasses, amidst the forest. These grasslands are a result of forest clearing for illegal shifting (chena) cultivation.

The existence of the Maduruoya (the river) immensely supports the wild life of the park. Mammals such as Elephants, leopard, sloth bear, sambhur, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar and wild buffalo, Torque Macaque, Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and an elephant species called “Ruhunu Gatav” inhabit the park where as Maduruoya valley provides a habitat for hundreds of birds like Painted Stork, Yellow-fronted Barbet Racquet-tailed tailed Drongo, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl Lesser Adjutant, Wooly-necked Stork, Open-bill Stork.

Maduru oya is adorned with archeological significance too. An ancient sluice on the old ruptured earthen bund of the Maduru Oya was discovered in the 1980s. The sluice made up of stone slabs and bricks, is about 30 feet (9.1 m) high, 30 feet (9.1 m) wide and 219 feet (67 m) long. Moreover, Buddhist ruins of shrines, temples, dagobas, statues, and hermitages are found in Henanigala, Kudawila, Gurukumbura, Ulketangoda, and Werapokuna belonging to various periods of Ceylon history.
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