Ussangoda near Ambalantota at the south coast is one of the small national parks of Sri Lanka that were established for protecting a specific flora. It’s not a wildlife park. Ussangoda is the largest one of the very few areas in Sri Lanka that have serpentine soils. Due to the naturally high concentration of heavy metals in serpentine soils, only few plant species can survive in this habitat. These grasses do not occur in other habitats and are therefore protected. There are many folk stories related to Ussangoda. For example, it is said to be a former meteor. A popular belief is that this barren land was a kind of landing place orairport for the heavenly chariot (Pushpaka Vimana) of Lord Rama and that it was burnt by Lord Hanuman.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka