If you’re a person who enjoys being in wilderness, observing the creatures, looking at unlimited green, then listening to the murmur of Mother Nature and feeling the cool breeze, I’ve good news for you. You’re likely to find this type of location, a exceptional eco system that is going to be a unique experience.
You need to be eager to know what this area is by now. Well, it is Nilgala woods national park of Sri Lanka that you are likely to find out about. It’s by far the most prominent Savanna forest in Sri Lanka. This, like other savannas, has typical herbs. These savannas capture wildfire each year. They’ve underbrush of grass and the trees that scatter here and you will find well adapted to be resistant to flame.
Nilgala is Found in the Eastern and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka. The forest spreads over 26000 hectares and managed by both wildlife and forest conservation departments of Sri Lankan government.
You can reach the park by either going from Colombo to Kandy and then to Bibila, on Bibila-Inginiyagala road, or utilizing Bibila- Batticoloa street.
You wouldn’t find any paths except those used for conservation purposes or some other camping or accommodation facilities at the part that belongs to section of wildlife conservation, however the section belonging to Galoya national park has tracks and camp sites.
The west part of the park includes three jeep-tracks, a boat track from the dam of Senanayaka Samudraya basin, providing you with a panoramic view, a traveler’s lodge with a capacity for ten individuals, and three camp sites.
There are solitary stones and mountains here and there, pools of water, valleys, and slopes in the playground, but the most important feature is the Savanna. Short and tall grass with scattered solitary trees is your normal quality of that.
Nilgala is the greatest of them all, and it has such a rich neighborhood of plants.
Senanayaka Samudraya, a manmade water reservoir of 19250 acres is about one side of this playground. There are many mountain ranges surrounding the park that increases the beauty of it.
The river Galoya flows throughout the park.
Together with the outstanding Savanna, combined dry and evergreen forest feature could be seen there too. The yearly average rain float is about 1700mm, which comes in north eastern monsoon and the average temperature is about 20 centigrade.
The plant community of the forest contains grasses like Kudukumberiya, Kukurumana, Pengirimana, Mana, and Iluk, as local people call, and various hard-wood trees.
Nilgala is also famous for birds. Almost every Sri Lankan dry zone bird can be found there. There are local, endemic and migrating birds. Wet land bird species are present too.
No enough studies have been done concerning the amphibians that live there. Each Sri Lankan arid zone reptile was reported in Nilgala. Pythons, crocodiles and a few deadly poisonous snakes are also among them.
Nilgala is also famous for its bees and butterflies too.
Does this sound fascinating? Trust me; the actual beauty of the wilderness is way beyond my expression. If you visit Nilgala forest national park after, you would want to go there again