Gallway's Land National Park

IUCN category
II (National Park)
Designation type
National Park
Surface area
27 ha
Status year
Governing type
Federal or national ministry or agency
Management authority
Department of Wildlife Conservation

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.