Ecotour of southern Sri Lanka (3) : Lunugamwehera National Park (LNP)

When:  October 2014                      Weather:  Hot 25-30C

From our base in Yala, we decided to explore another National Park, Lunugamwehera, which abuts the western end of Yala NP and  we were so glad we did. Apparently leopards and sloth bears had been seen there and although we didn’t see any, the beauty of the place and birdlife more than made up for it.

On the way there, and it’s only about 30 min from Yala, we saw some cars backed up…feeding the elephant…it really shouldn’t be the done thing!

tour guides feeding the elephant..tsk tsk

tour guides feeding the elephant..tsk tsk

 

friendly though the elephant was..

friendly though the elephant was..

 

crested serpent eagle

crested serpent eagle

 

in contrast to the crested hawk eagle which we saw again

in contrast to the crested hawk eagle which we saw again

 

entrance to the park

entrance to the park

 

crocs were in attendance again

crocs were in attendance again

 

open billed stork

open billed stork

 

the landscape was hauntingly beautiful..

the landscape was hauntingly beautiful..the drought had exposed the lake bed and all the dead trees

 

it was like something out of a hitchcock movie

it was like something out of a hitchcock movie

 

dead branches everywhere

dead branches everywhere

 

even dead trees are impressive

even dead trees are impressive

 

amidst all this dead desolate  wood..this bush lark sang merrily

amidst all this dead desolate wood..this bush lark sang merrily

 

bush lark

bush lark

 

star bird of the day was the Woolly Necked Stork..a migrant

star bird of the day was the Woolly Necked Stork..a migrant

 

colourful wings..

colourful wings..

 

just magnificent

just magnificent

 

dead tree forest

dead tree forest

 

another part of the park had a dam with a sea of dead trees..

another part of the park had a dam with a sea of dead trees..

 

here we found an Indian Pond Heron

here we found an Indian Pond Heron

 

sea eagle among the trees

sea eagle among the trees

 

a surreal place

a surreal place

 

and this crested hawk eagle bade us farewell

and this crested hawk eagle bade us farewell

 

In some ways, I preferred Lunugamwehera to Yala because of the scenic beauty and because it’s so accessible from Yala, don’t miss it!

 

 

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