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 Ganga River which is sourced by Sudu Kanda forms the southern border of the park. This is a mountain range that stretches across the park from Girithale to Minneriya. In the drought period, the park is very dry. In the rainy season, the mountainous area receives more rainfall than the plains. Since a mix of 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 through 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, 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 up to this ancient weir and even camp by the river. However, this is no longer possible and you need to procure tickets to enter the park. Luckily 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 the 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 Angammedilla National Park

Description (Fees Applicable for Category 2 Parks)Price
Local – AdultsLKR 60
Local – Children (6-12 years)LKR 30
Local – StudentLKR 20
Local – Children (below 6 years)FOC
Local – Group Fee (per vehicle)LKR 400
Foreign – AdultsUSD 12
Foreign – Children (6-12 years)USD 6
Foreign SAARC Countries – AdultsUSD 10
Foreign SAARC Countries – Children (6-12 years)USD 5
Foreign – Children (below 6 years)FOC
Foreign – Group Fee (per vehicle)USD 10
Taxes on total cost15%
Entrance Fee per vehicleLKR 300
Ticket Price Schedule as gazetted in 2022

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

DescriptionCost
2 adultsUSD 24.00
1 childUSD 6.00
Group FeeUSD 10.00
Total USD 40.00
Tax (15%)USD 6.00
TotalUSD 46.00
The above costs are for entry tickets for persons. A ticket for the vehicle, as given above, has to be purchased separately

Payments can be made 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 to LKR 15,000 for half a day (4 hours) based on the park. For a full day, it’s 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 the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Route from Colombo to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Kandy to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Through: Central Highway – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo: 230 km
Travel Time: 4.45 hours
Driving Directions: See on Google map
Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
Travel Time: 2 hours
Driving Directions: see on Google map
Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
Travel Time: 2 hours
Driving Directions: See on Google map
Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
Travel Time : 2 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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