Horagolla National Park is a beautiful forest trail that can be reached by visiting Nittambuwa on Colombo Kandy Road and a short distance from Nittambuwa to Pinnagolla on Veyangoda Road. This is the only national park in the Gampaha district. The park is managed by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department. This forest park is a forest ecosystem spread over an area of about 33 acres. Horagolla National Park belongs to the lowland wet zone evergreen forest category.
The park, which covers an area of about 33 acres, is home to a large number of rogue plants, as well as several other common plant species. Bugs, lizards, frogs and large numbers of mosquitoes can be seen here, but not so much biodiversity. But it goes without saying that it is not a barrier for an eco-tourist to experience this ecosystem.
The entrance to the park is about four feet wide. A little further along that road we come across Hora Kele Wewa. This was made in 1992. You have to enter the park over this lake bund. The ticket counter of the Wildlife Conservation Department is at the entrance to the Horagolla Forest Park. There is also a small museum.
There is a building nearby that can be used to treat sick animals and keep them in captivity until they are released into the wild.
Nourished by the southwest monsoon rains that fall in the Western Province between May and September of the year, and the inter-monsoon rains between October and December, the park inherits a lush vegetation due to the favorable temperatures throughout the year.
Horagolla National Park was established on September 5, 1970 as an animal sanctuary. That was when the then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike handed over an estate in the Horagolla area of the Bandaranaike family, a well-known political family in Sri Lanka, to the Forest Department. However, due to the rich biodiversity of Horagolla, the Horagolla Wildlife Sanctuary was later upgraded to a National Park in 2004.
Come to Nittambuwa town on Colombo Kandy road and come to Pinnagolla junction on Veyangoda road in Nittambuwa. You can use public transport until you reach Pinnagolla Junction, but you will have to walk one kilometer from Pinnagolla Junction to Horagolla National Park or use a three-wheeler.
- You must present your National Identity Card to enter the park
- Those going to Horagolla National Park have to park on both sides of the road. There is no specially built place called Parkin
- The entrance to the park is about four feet wide
- Officers of the Department of Wildlife Conservation will conduct a preliminary awareness program on how to behave in the park and the routes
- Especially when walking in the park you should be careful about the large spider webs that are tied across the roads. If left unattended, it can become entangled in spider webs and spider bites.
- Also, be careful not to stray from the road and walk into the jungle whenever possible to avoid snakes
- Also, drinking, shouting, and singing are strictly prohibited in the park
- It is important to note that you are not allowed to bring anything out of a national park in Sri Lanka, so do not attempt to bring any plant or animal parts.
- Phone Number : 0332287877
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- Sri Lankans : LKR 40 + LKR 300 Group Fee + 15% VAT
- Foreign Nationals: USD 10 + USD 8 Group Fee + 15% VAT