Lahugala National Park Located within easy reach of Arugam Bay, this small national parks offers the chance to see a wide range of aquatic birds as well as elephants. Of the three reservoirs here, the Lahugala Tank is a good place to spot storks and pelicans. During the dry season, herds of elephants congregate at the tank to eat the beru grass, which grows in profusion around the water.
The evocative ruins of Magul Maha Viharaare situated 6 km southwest of the park. Inscription found at the site confirm that the monastery complex was built by King Dhatusena in the 5th century. Only a small section of the complex has been excavated while the rest is still covered in thick jungle; look out for the dagoba, the image house and the well-preserved moonstone ringed with elephants and their mahouts. more