Galwila Eco Park
About Galwila Eco Park
Galwila is an unique forest ecosystem in dry zone of Sri Lanka. Established by the Forest Department with the aim of attracting local and foreign tourists from the Puttalam District.This park is located in the Karuwalagaswewa area in Puttalam along the Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Highway. This park is spread on both sides of the Puttalama - Anuradhapura road. It is a dry zone forest system covering an area of 35,000 hectares.
Nearly 30 species of dry zone mammals including elephant, leopard, bear and deer have been identified in these forests, as well as a large number of rare species of birds including reptiles and amphibians, including owls, eagles and white ibises. Different plant species also double or triple the beauty of the forest. The ecosystem has of seven beautiful large boulders and the historical site of Vilandagoda which is of historical value associated with the legendary Saliya Ashokamala love story.
Reaching Galwila Eco Park
From Kalpitiya travel along the Palavi-Kalpitiya Road and the Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Highway passing Etalai, Norochcholai, Palaviya and Karuwalagaswewa to reach the Galwila Eco Park in Puttalam.
Things to do in Galwila Eco Park
Safari In Galwila Eco Park
Galwila Eco Park Safari is a perfect spot to have a stunning safari experience it consists Nearly 30 species of dry zone mammals including elephant, leopard, bear and deer and. The tourist park extends to Wilpattu National Park and Kalaoya Valley. From dry arid zone system to monsoon forests, natural and secondary and primary forests, afforestation, invasive vegetation can be found in this forest system.Although the garden is located in the dry zone, the plants are mostly green and have a large water source. The rainy season is from September to December and the inter-monsoon rains are from March to May. The dry season lasts from June to September. This park can be visited all year round.
Historical evidence shows that Galwila Eco Park has many archeological monuments. The dagoba on the rock also seems to have been captured by treasure thieves. There is evidence that the Arahants lived on a large rock of archaeological value on Mount Salt.
Dry Zone Hikking
Hiking in Dry zone is one of the most thrilling adventurous experience in Galwila Eco Park. The ecosystem has of seven beautiful large boulders and once you reach the top, the views are wondrous. There are several viewpoints that provide 360-degree sights on the low land planes in Puttalam and Wilpattu National Park.
About Puttalam District
Puttalam is a town in Puttalam District,Sri Lanka. Situated at the apex of the Coconut triangle, Puttalam is the second largest Coconut producer of the country. And Tabbowa, a fertile land for agriculture records highest paddy production per acre.Puttalam is the main salt producer of the country. Holland fort at Kalpitiya, St. Anne's Church in Thalawila,Munneshwaram Kovil in Chilaw and Mohideen Jumma Mosque (known as Grand Mosque) in Puttalam underline the historical importance of this region.
About North Western Province
North Western Province is a province of Sri Lanka. The districts of Kurunegala and Puttalam formulate North Western or Wayamba. Its capital is Kurunegala, which has a population of 28,571. The province is known mainly for its numerous coconut plantations. Other main towns in this province are Chilaw (24,712) and Puttalam (45,661), which are both small fishing towns. The majority of the population of Wayamba province is of Sinhalese ethnicity. There is also a substantial Sri Lankan Moor minority around Puttalam and Sri Lankan Tamils in Udappu and Munneswaram. Fishing, prawn farming and rubber tree plantations are other prominent industries of the region. The province has an area of 7,888 km² and a population of 2,184,136 (2005 calculation).
Wayamba is the third largest paddy producing area in Sri Lanka .Wayamba has a highly developed agricultural economy, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, flowering plants, spices, oil-seeds in addition to the traditional plantation crops such as Coconut, Rubber and Rice. Rich soils and varied climate give Wayamba a potential for growing of virtually any crop.
In Wayamba or North western province, home for ancient Buddhist rock temples, magnificent citadels Panduwasnuwara, Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa and Kurunegala. Impressive remains of those citadels, palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries provide exciting sight seeing to the visitors.