Lahugala Kitulana National Park may be one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka, however it’s also one of the richest in terms of wildlife. The Pottuvil Road runs through the park and along its outskirts meaning can be seen in abundance as you travel along the road. Even elephants are spotted at all hours of the day, roaming about the forest cover in search of food.
If lucky, travellers might catch sight of axis deer crossing the road or see a peacock fan out its feathers and dance. Troops of monkeys usually frolic near the tarmac while peacocks too are a common sight. Lahugala is also home to a variety of endemic and rare species such as the Sri Lanka spur fowl, sloth bear, black-naped hare, slender loris and rare broad-billed roller.
The largest stupa of the Eastern Province, the Neelagiri stupa is also found in Lahugala reserve. This protected historical site is being excavated and restored, as archaeologists strive to unravel the many mysteries it holds.
Taking a safari in the Lahugala Kitulana National Park will assure travellers experience rare sightings. However, even if one is travelling to the east coast along the Pottuvil Road and merely pass through the national park, there will be wild surprises at every turn.