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Horagolla National Park

Gampaha, West Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Gampaha
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Horagolla national park is one of the recently established national parks in Sri Lanka. The area was originally designated as a wildlife sanctuaryin1973 considering its rich biodiversity and afterwardsin 2004, Horagolla was upgraded as a national park.The park spans over 13.362 hectares in Gampaha district, being the smallest national park in the island.Horagolla is regarded as the only urban park of Sri Lanka.

This park consists of a low country evergreen forest and a humus soil structure. Rather hot temperature prevails in the forest right through the year. Many tree species found in large numbers here. Abundance of the species called Hora (Dipterocarpuszeylanicus) had caused for the very name of the park.Kekuna(Canariumzeylanicum), Godapara (Dilleniaretusa), Kitul (Caryotaurens),Nedun(Pericopsismooniana), Atamba (Mangiferazeylanica), Bo (Sacred fig), RukAttana (Alstoniascholaris), Ankenda (Acronychiapedunculata), Milla (Vitexpinnata), Moonamal (Mimusopselengi), Breadfruit and Velang (Pterospermumcanescens) are among other floral species.A wide variety of Puswel(Entadarheedii) is also found in abundance.

Horagolla is home to numerous mammals such as Fishing Cat, Sri Lankan Spotted Chevrotain, Golden Jackal, and Grizzled giant squirrel. Moreover there are 68 bird species including Black-crested Bulbul, Barbets, Asian Koel, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and frequently seen parakeets. The rare Clipper, Ceylon Birdwing and Blue Mormon are the butterflies known from the park. Various reptiles and amphibians too reside the forest.
 
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