AlaungdawKathapa National Park, with an area of 1,605 square kilometers, is the largest national park in Myanmar. It is one of the most famous pagodas in the region, located in the center of the AlaungdawKathapa National Park. Atleast 30,000 of pilgrims pay homage to the Pagoda annually during the dry season.A journey to this involves some 27 km of a tough trekking and elephant ride besides the trips by road and water. It is recommended especially for those keen on adventurous walks in a jungle. Kathapa is in fact the name of an Arhat whose remains, it is believed, are kept in this place. However, what you can see there is but the representation of the reclining Arhat.
The park is home to large populations of wild elephants and other rare wildlife species. The most notable inhabitants are the large herds of Asian Elephants.
Other inhabitants include deer, Wild Pig, Gaur, Sambar, Banteng, Muntjak, Clouded Leopard, civets, Jungle Cats, Himalayan Brown Bear, Sun Bear, Oriental giant squirrel, Indian Giant Squirrel, Hog Badger, monitor lizards, macaques, Barking Deer and many types of birds. The elephants roam in groups of up to a dozen; 150-200 live in the area.
Wildlife monitoring by park rangers has shown the park to have a rich abundance of wildlife. Camera traps, visual sightings and animal tracks have revealed the existence of leopard, sun bear, banteng, gaur, wild dog and barking deer populations in the park. Villagers recently reported seeing a tiger in the park, which, if confirmed, would be the first sighting in over two decades when it was assumed that they had been hunted out to supply the illegal wildlife trade.
There also exists a wide variety of wild birds and fowls, including owls, hornbills, pheasants, parrots and eagles.To conserve Biodiversity including flora and fauna.To study and research on ecosystem of plants and animals. To mange forest resources, including biodiversity by establishing as a national park in accordance with the sustainable production policy of natural resources To promote ecotourism.Yangon to AlungdawKathapa by car is 981 miles (1570 km). Yangon to Mandalay is 400 miles by air or land, and Mandalay to AlungdawKathapa (via Sagaing and Monywa) is 148 miles by car. You have to cross the Chindwin river.There are guesthouses, log cabins and camp sites in the park.