Once part of the Ancient Digamadulla Kingdom, the first Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Ampara is a hub city of the Eastern Province today. Rising from a thirty-year-old war Ampara today is one of the favorite beach towns in Sri Lanka today, the host town of an international annual surfing competition, which attracts many ardent surfers and fans from every corner of the world.
The district rich with animal life holds four animal sanctuaries, which is streaming with flocks of elephants, which gather to the bank ancient tanks for bath and frolic. Ampara is home to many ancient wewa and modern irrigation projects, which feeds acres of paddy land, producing one of the best rice in the country. Scattered amidst these jungles littered with animal life are the remnants of once-glorious Digamadulla Kingdom, its palaces, remains of monasteries which were once abode to thousands of Arahants and stupas, which once reached for the skies stand silent amidst forest covers ravaged by treasure hunters.
Kumana National Park
The Kumana National Park was known as the Yala East National Park and was named Kumana National park in September 2005. Besides the National park, the tidal ponds and sanctuaries present in the place also catch the tourist’s eyes. In Kumana national park you can have jeep safaris that are around 3-4 hours long. Kumana wildlife sanctuary is actually a paradise for birds that are migrating and in the specific seasons, you can see a huge number of flocks of birds in the park around 255 species of birds have been recorded in Kumana national park and birds such as, red-faced malkoha, black-necked stork, yellow-footed green pigeon. You can also call this park a paradise for Ornithologists Kumana park also provides the opportunity to camp in their national park.
if you travel north for 2km you can find Pottuvil lagoon. A lagoon tour in the scenic Pottuvil will be something extraordinary. When you paddle out into the lagoon, you will be amazed to see the eye-catching mangrove swamps. These swamps are just lively with birds are chirping and it is filled with lizards, elephants, and crocodiles. All of them would provide you with a taste of the wildlife of Arugam Bay.
Muhudu Maha Viharaya
This Buddhist temple can be found in the Pottuvil region close to the beach. this temple which is situated near a wide beach has been built over 2000 years ago by King Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna. Currently, the ruins and remains of ancient stupas, Seema Malaka, Avasa Geya and statues can be seen at the site. Important ruins at the temple premises include stone statues of Lord Buddha and two statues of old kings.
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