RANDENIGALA AND RANTEMBE RESERVOIR AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Randenigala set in a beautiful natural environment spread across 42,088.8 land Area in Hectares, the Sanctuary offers a place for people and animals to reconnect with nature. Randenigala is multi purpose project established in 30 January 1987 in order to provide electricity, irrigation, infrastructure development and wildlife sactuary. Since the project started a number of families were evacuated and settled elsewhere. Randenigala Reservoir and Sanctuary in the foothills of the Knuckles Range is the country’s largest national reserve, feeding three reservoirs. The Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance does not envisage development activities in the private lands. Also, there are settlements created by the Mahaweli inside the sanctuary. Further, these lands were used for shifting cultivation before the sanctuary was declared. Randenigala and Rantambe Reserviors built under Mahaweli Development Project has created a favorable environment for wild life and Nature around it. Randenigala is a good camping location well liked by travelers. Monkeys and birds are the popular wildlife in Randenigala Sanctuary. Enjoy the birds watching if you lucky enough there are few wild elephants in the jungle. It was recorded about 40 elephants in the jungle, 137 deferent birds species, 71 butterflies, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Large grey Langer monkey, Torque monkey, Porcupine, mongoose and Otters recorded.There are also various wild flowers. Avoid feeding monkeys it may be dangerous.
The Randenigala Tank, the largest reservoir at a cost of 350 million rupees under the Accelerated Mahaweli Reservoir Scheme, is located in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Walapane in the Nuwara Eliya District under the help of the Federal Government of Germany. Randenigala, Rantembe, which is 1,800 feet and 308 feet in height, is Victoria 13 miles to the place where the dam of the reservoir was built and 04 miles from Minipe The length of the dam is about 1300 feet and the size of the water is 6758 acres and the water capacity is 629000 acres, providing electricity and supplying irrigation water is the main objective, and the power plants that are near the 1072 feet of the reservoirs nearby power plants generate 122 megawatts of electricity.
Experience the engineering master piece Randenigala dam. You can also visit the Bambiya Peak Hiking located in Badulla district not far away from the Walapane divisional secretariate, Bio-diversity, Ecology, Study of Mahaveli projects.
Experience the fascinating scenery is pleasing to the eye and soothing to the heart, listen to birds songs charm your day.
There is a dry and windy season during the months of May to July. Rainy season is September up to February.
THINGS TO SEE AT RANDENIGALA
Ratna Ella water Fall-Dambana Veddhas Village-Wasgamuwa National Park-Maduru Oya National Park-Loggal Oya Camping Site- one night with mealsRandenigala-Rantambe Dam-Minipe Anicut-Loggal Oya,Uma Oya-Elephants- 40 nos recorded among the 02 Tuskers Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Mouse Deer,Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Large grey Langer monkey,Torque monkey, Porcupine, mongoose, Otters. Birds- 137 species recordedButterflies- 71 species recorded VegetationMost of secondary forestPrimary forestRepresent – burutha, kaluwara, kalumediriya, lunuwarana, visnukanthi, penela, dadiya, Training out bound adventures programsWorkshops for group to build Team workConference facilities + multimediaWildlife expeditions including boat rides at nightStudy humble village Life styleNight stay at Watch hut in the chena cultivation
Some of the birds species includes Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Black-headed Cuckoo Shrike, Large Cuckoo Shrike, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Orange Minivet, Indian Pitta, Ceylon Swallow, House Swift, Forest Eagle Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Black Eagle, Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagle
Crested Serpent & Crested Hawk Eagles, Black-winged Kite, Crested Honey Buzzard, Ceylon Jungle Fowl, Rufus Woodpecker, Common Iora, Green Leaf & Large-billed Leaf Warblers and many more.