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Nagolla Reserve(Rakshithaya)

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Travel on Kandy-Matale main road, turn left at Ambatenne town, proceed to Poojapitiya and turn to Ankumbura road, continue to Godahena village, turn right at Samadhitenne and proceed about one kilometer further to reach this nature reserve.

According to popular belief this location earns its name owing to the prolifically growing Na (ironwood) trees throughout this area. It is also believed that in the olden times, this reserve used to be known as ‘Naamal Uyana’ which was the property of the Saman Devalaya in the Alawatugod ...

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Travel on Kandy-Matale main road, turn left at Ambatenne town, proceed to Poojapitiya and turn to Ankumbura road, continue to Godahena village, turn right at Samadhitenne and proceed about one kilometer further to reach this nature reserve.

According to popular belief this location earns its name owing to the prolifically growing Na (ironwood) trees throughout this area. It is also believed that in the olden times, this reserve used to be known as ‘Naamal Uyana’ which was the property of the Saman Devalaya in the Alawatugoda town. Many people also believe that this reserve is still watched over by God Saman.

A Wet Zone type of forest, the Nagolla Reserve is home to a great wealth of flora and fauna. Vegetation here consists of ironwood, Wal Sapu, Kurunda, Milla, Areca, Kududhavula, Hawari Nuga, Dang, Pilal, fern species, hemp species, Bombu, Wal del, Pus Wel, Badi del, Kekuna, Dawata, Wara, and orchid species.

The ironwood trees and giant creepers such as Pus Wel enhance the beauty of the thick jungles. Medicinal plants that grow prolifically here include Rasakinda, Hathawariya, cane bushes, Undhupiyaliya (Desmodium) Divikaduru, Kaeliya Wel, Goraka, Monarakudumbiya and Bebila.

In addition to bird species such as Sri Lanka Alu Kaendettha, parrots, Ginikurulla, Ulama, Lanka Malkurulla, Penikurulla, Kondakurulla, Reptiles including cobras, rat snakes, Thel Karawela (krait), Mudu Karawela, Pinum Katussa, and mammals including skunks, rabbits, deer, monkeys, hogs, mongooses, bats, Dandulena (giant squirrel) inhabit the forests of the Reserve.

The Nagolla Reserve is a watershed area, with fountains and water seepages spread throughout the area.

The Nagolla Reserve is a precious resource consisting of natural ecosystems, as well as a source of clean water for the local folk. Safeguarding it for many future generations is of paramount importance.

 


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