|Main attractions||Birds, Elephants and other wildlife|
The Floodplains National Park was established in 1984 as one of the 4 National Parks established under the Mahaweli Project. It spans the Mahaweli Ganga in Polonnaruwa district in the North Central province. The town of Manampitiya lies just outside the park’s eastern boundary, a stopover on the Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa road and the railway passing through the park.
Flood Plains National Park is central to the integrity of the Mahaweli system of protected areas, both for its unique villus and as a corridor for wildlife migration between grazing lands in Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya Chaitiya National Parks.
It is particularly important for the long-term survival of elephants within the Mahaweli catchment area. Flood Plains National Park is considered an elephant corridor for the elephants migrate between Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya national parks. Together with the adjacent Somawathiya Chaitya National Park, it provides a refuge for a wide variety of resident and migratory waterfowl species.
This section of the Mahaweli Ganga was connected to the ancient irrigation network in the vicinity. On the right bank of the river, at the edge of Mutugalla Villu, are ruins of an ancient cave monastery with inscriptions dating back to between the 2nd and 7th century BC.
Map of Floodplains National Park and Other Places of Interest
The map above also shows other places of interest within a approximately 20 km radius of the current site. Click on any of the markers and the info box to take you to information of these sites.
Zoom out the map to see more surrounding locations using the mouse scroll wheel or map controls.
Travel Directions to Floodplains National Park
Route from Colombo to Floodplains National Park (Manampitiya Bridge)
|Though : Ja-Ela – Kurunegala – Dambulla – Habarana – Minneriya – Polonnaruwa – Kaduruwela|
Distance : 240 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map