Distance from Polonnaruwa – 49.8 km (1 hour 27 minutes)
Somawathiya National Park is a national park situated in Gangapahalavila. It is one of the four parks designated under the Mahaweli River Development Project. A unique feature of this park is the Somawathiya Chaitya which is a stupa said to be containing a tooth relic of the Buddha. The park was created in 2 September 1986 but designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 9 August 1966. Governed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka, the Somawathiya National Park has a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Getting to Somawathiya National Park
From Polonnaruwa travel along the Somawathiya Road passing Palugasdamana and Sungavila up to Gangapahalavila to reach the Somawathiya National Park.