Located in the Moneragala District of the Uva Province, The Park was established to protect elephant migration providing a corridor from the Yala National Park to the Uda Walawe National Park’s Western region and also as protection of the catchment areas of the Lunugamvehera Reservoir that covers 3,283 hectares.
The park in its entirety spans 23,499 hectares, while its rich biodiversity makes it home to a large number of wild elephants and buffaloes as well as Fishing Cat, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild Boar, Grey Mongoose and Bear.
The Reservoir with its surrounding dry forests, grass and scrub lands sees many species of birds making it their home. Some of the species that could be observed here are;
The Bare Busted Quail, Crested Honey Buzzard, Crested Hawk Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Blue-faced Malkoha, Indian Peafowl, Jungle Owlet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Marshall’s iora, Indian Pitta, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Painted Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, White-bellied sea Eagle, White-necked Stork, and many more of these beautiful bird species.
Lunugamvehara can be reached from Colombo, via Ratnapura, Pelmadulla, Godakawela, Sankapala, Udawalawa Junction, up to Tanamalwila where the Park entrance is found just few kilometers away from the Tanamalwila Junction.