Galway’s Land National Park
Galway’s land is a montane ecosystem park, just a few kilometres east of the Nuwara Eliya town. Though it’s not very accessible by vehicle, it makes for a perfect trek for those who don’t mind getting there by foot. There is a clearly marked walking trail leading up the mountainous park. The park is well-known for its wildlife, such as the Sri Lankan wild boar (Sus scrofa affinis), the barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak malabaricus), and at least 10-30 endemic bird species at any given time.
Galway’s Land National Park was officially declared a wildlife sanctuary on 27 May 1938, and was elevated to the status of National Park more recently, on 18 May 2006, mainly due to its montane ecosystem. Along with its neighbour, Victoria Park, Galway’s Land National Park is considered by experts as one of the most significant sites in the country for birding.
The park itself is relatively small, spanning only 66 acres, and is also one of Sri Lanka’s youngest National Parks. But if you need to, guides at the park office are always at the ready to lend a helping hand in navigating the park. The walking trail is only about 2 km long, but it’s sure to be an enthralling and exciting adventure for those who are interested in wildlife spotting and being one with nature. Of course, the trek is not difficult at all, so it’s perfect for families with little children as well!
The entrance fee for adults is $10, whereas the fee for children is $5. The park is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.