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       Arugambay
       Kumana National Park
       Lahugala Kitulana National Park
       Magul Maha Vihara
       Okanda Murugan Hindu Temple

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Arugambay

Arugam Bay is situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's South-East coast. The Bay is located 220 km due East of Colombo. Arugambay is important for fishing and tourism activities. It is considered to be one of the 10 great surfing places in the world.International surfers gather between the months of May to September each year.




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Kumana National Park



Kumana National Park in Sri Lanka is renowned for its avifauna, particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. The park is 391 kilometres (243 mi) southeast of Colombo on Sri Lanka's southeastern coast. Kumana is contiguous with Yala National Park. Kumana was formerly known as Yala East National Park, but changed to its present name in 5 September 2006.


The park was closed from 1985 to March 2003 because of the Sri Lankan Civil War. It was also affected by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. Kumbukkan Oya forms the southern boundary of the national park. Some 20 lagoons and tanks support the extensive birdlife of the national park. The lagoons are shallow with depths less than 2 metres (6.6 ft). Kumana Bird Sanctuary, declared in 1938, is included within the Kumana National Park. Kumana is one of the most important bird nesting and breeding grounds in Sri Lanka. 255 species of birds have been recorded in the national park. During April–July months tens of thousands of birds migrate to the Kumana swamp area annually. Rare species such as Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Eurasian Spoonbill, and GreatThick-knee are breeding inhabitants of the Kumana villu.

 

 

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Lahugala Kitulana National Park


Lahugala Kitulana National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka. Despite its land area, the park is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephant and endemic birds of Sri Lanka. The national park contains the reservoirs of Lahugala, Kitulana and Sengamuwa and they are ultimately empties to Heda Oya River. Originally it was designated as a wildlife sanctuary on July 1 of 1966. Then the protected area was upgraded to a national park on October 31 of 1980. Lahugala Kitulana is situated 318 km east of Colombo. This national park is used by elephants traditionally as a feeding ground. Many wetland birds found in Lahugala Kitulana.




The Sathurukondan site is locally noted for the wide variety and large numbers of water and wading birds that flock to the open water thus making it a visual spectacle of visitor interest all the year round. Located close to the urban center, the area provides an underused nature site resource which could be further developed as an educational/recreation center for both local people and visitors to the area.

 

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Magul Maha Vihara

Magul Maha Vihara is located on the Pottuvil to Monaragala Road and close to Lahugala National Park. The history of this site goes back to the 2nd century BC. Legends related to this site refer to the marriage of King Kawantissa and Vihara Mahadevi. The site has a well preserved Bodhi Ghara (Bodhi Tree Enclosure) Buddha statues and Stupa.



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Okanda Murugan Hindu Temple

Located in Okanda, this large Murugan Hindu Temple marks the spot where God Kataragama is said to have landed on the island and is the staging point for the Pada Yatra pilgrimage to Kataragama. Okanda may also be where Sinbad the Sailor landed and embarked on his island adventures.

 




 


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