Wasgamuwa National Park is a natural park in Sri Lanka situated in the Matale and Polonnaruwa Districts. It was declared to protect and to make a refuge for the displaced wild animals during the Mahaweli Development Project in 1984 and is one of the four National Parks designated under the Project. Originally it was designated as a nature reserve in 1938, and then in the early 1970s the area was regraded as a strict nature reserve. Wasgamuwa is one of protected areas where Sri Lankan Elephants can be seen in large herds. It is also one of the Important Bird Areas in Sri Lanka. The name of the Wasgamuwa has derived through the words "Walas Gamuwa". "Walasa" is Sinhala for sloth bear and "Gamuwa" means a wood. The park is situated 225 km away from Colombo.
The National Park's annual daily temperature is 28C and has a dry zone climate. Annual rainfall ranges between 1650–2100 mm. Rain is received during the north-eastern monsoon, from October to January. July–September is the dry season. Highest elevation of the National Park is Sudu Kanda (White mountain), which is 470m of height. The soil of the national park contains quartz and marble. The forests of Wasgamuwa represent Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests. The park consists of primary, secondary, riverine forests and grasslands.
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Wasgamuwa National Park Reviews
Wasgamuwa National Park is recently established as a wildlife haven, an offset for a major irrigation project in the vicinity. The accessible parts are mostly regrowth scrub, following years of... more »
Wanted a park with few crowds and in an area where roads weren’t congested. Wasgamuwa was perfect. Booked a three hour trip for $60 including park fees and enjoyed it all. Only two other cars there..... more »
A less crowded wildlife sanctuary with rich diversity of flora and fauna. Best visited during dry season as the animals come out of hideout for water but pure eye-candy during rainy season. It is quite possible and safe for a camping as there are designated camping sites with basic facilities.
This place has 3 circuit bungalows and 4 camp sites. All are situated with a nice view and near a river. You can see elephants, bears, spot dear and lot more animals. If you are lucky enough you might see leopard as well. Elephants here is bit aggressive hence bit causes. Best time to travel is around November to April because with rain forecast is so green and new life.
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