Angammedilla National Park – අංගම්මැඩිල්ල ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

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Size6,216 hectares
Main attractionElephants, deer etc

Angammedilla National Park is a lesser known and lesser visited national park situated in Polonnaruwa. Angammedilla was a forest reserve within the Minneriya-Girithale Sanctuary declared on 12 February 1988 and was promoted to a National Park on 6tb June 2006. This was mainly to protect the catchment area of the Parakrama Samudraya or the Sea of Parakrama.

Amban river which is sourced by Sudu Kanda forms the southern border of the park. A mountain range stretches across the park from Girithale to Minneriya. In the drought period the park is very dry. In the rainy season, mountainous area receives more rainfall than the plains. Since a mix wet and dry climate persists in the park the vegetation is a mix of wet zone and dry zone plants.

The park office lies at the point Amban Ganga diverts water to Parakrama Samudraya through the 8km long Angammedilla Canal. At this location Angammedilla National Park connects to the Wasgamuwa National Park though a narrow corridor providing a path for the roaming animals to cross the jungles. Angammedilla was more synonymous with the Raja Bamma inside the park which is the ancient weir across the Amban Ganga built by king Parakramabahu (1153-1186 CE) over 900 years ago.

Until recently it was possible to drive upto this ancient weir and even camp by the river. However this is no longer possible and you need procure tickets to enter the park. Luckyly the ticket office lies at the beginning of the Angammedilla canal.

Access

To reach the ticketing office, from Polonnaruwa, you need to get on to the Parakrama Samudraya Bund and travel on this road to far end and again travel along the Angammedilla canal for another 8 km.

Visitors and Visitor Facilities

Accommodation is available in Polonnaruwa.

Entrance Fees for Bundala National Park

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DescriptionPrice
Local – AdultsLKR 40
Local – Children (6-12 years) – 50% of adult costLKR 20
Local – Children (below 6 years)FOC
Local – Group FeeLKR 300
Foreign – AdultsUSD 10
Foreign – Children (6-12 years) – 50% of adult costUSD 5
Foreign – Children (below 6 years)FOC
Foreign – Group FeeUSD 8
Taxes on total cost15%
Entrance Fee per vehicleLKR 250
Ticket Price Schedule as per time of publication

for example, for 2 foreigners with 1 child between 6-12 will have the cost of

2 x adultsUSD 20.00
1 x childUSD 5.00
Group FeeUSD 8.00
Total USD 33.00
Tax (15%)USD 4.95
TotalUSD 37.95
The Above cost are for entry tickets for persons. A ticket for the vehicle as given above has to be purchased separately

Payments can be paid in USD or equivalent LKR by foreigners. You can call 1919 (government information center) for the latest ticket prices. If you are hiring a private safari Jeep, the prices vary from LKR 11,000-15,000 for half day (4 hours) based on the park. For a full day, its double the cost of a half day.

Also See

Map of  Angammedilla National Park

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Travel Directions to Angammedilla National Park

The modern town of Polonnaruwa is also known as New Town, and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Route from Colombo to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Kandy to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Though : Central Highway – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :226 km
Travel time : 4.45 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Matale – Dambulla – Habarana
Distance from Colombo : 145 km
Travel time : 3.0 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps
Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Though : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance from colombo : 105 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Chenkaladi – Valachchena
Distance from colombo :100 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Route from Polonnaruwa to Angammedilla National Park Entrance
Through : Parakrama Samudraya Dam
Distance : 20 km
Travel time : 30 mins
Time to spend : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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