Madhu Road National Park

IUCN category
II (National Park)
Designation type
National Park
Surface area
631 km²
Status year
Governing type
Federal or national ministry or agency
Management authority
Department of Wildlife Conservation

Madhu Road National Park is located in Northern Province of Sri Lanka about 25 KM east to Mannar city. Originally this National Park was a wildlife sanctuary which declared in 1968 June 28 and the total extent of the Madhu Road National Park is 26,677 hectares (65,920 Acres). After civil war of Sri Lanka, Government has decided to convert most of the wildlife sanctuaries to National Parks in 2015 including Madu Road wildlife Sanctuary, Chundikulam wildlife Sanctuary, Delft & Adam’s Bridge. Upon this decision of the Government of Sri Lanka in consultation with UNDP, Madhu Road Wildlife Sanctuary become a Madhu Road National Park in 22nd June 2015.

Apart from the fauna, visitors can also visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu, an ancient Roman Catholic Marian shrine dating back to over 400 years. Madhu Road National Park is well known with the Shrine of our lady of Madhu. Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu is one of the Sri Lanka’s holiest Catholic shrine.

Varieties of birds are found in Madhu Road including Asian palm swift, jungle prinia , Alexandrine parakeet, ashy-crowned sparrow-lark, ashy prinia, spotted dove, Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lankan junglefowl, tawny-bellied babbler, white-bellied sea eagle,, ashy woodswallow, Asian koel, , baya weaver, black drongo, black-hooded oriole, black-rumped flameback, black-winged kite, blue-faced malkoha, brahminy kite, brown-headed barbet, changeable hawk-eagle, common emerald dove, common iora, common myna, common tailorbird, common woodshrike, coppersmith barbet, crested honey buzzard, crimson-fronted barbet, greater coucal, greater racket-tailed drongo, green bee-eater, green imperial pigeon, grey-breasted prinia and house crow.

A fruitful site for bird lovers, the variety of birds that can be witnessed at the park include parakeets, sparrow-larks, wood swallows, hawk-eagles, pigeons peacocks – the list goes on! In addition, elephants, bears, buffalos, jackals and different types of deers and monkeys also live in this park.