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Wasgamuwa National Park - Sri Lanka's Treasures

Duration: Half Day

wasgamuwa national park - sri lanka's treasures

The beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and numerous national parks, which host an incredible diversity of animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects in over 25 different ecosystems. This tour will reveal the natural and historical treasures of Wasgamuwa National Park, one of the most impressive wildlife sanctuaries on the island.

Situated in the districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa, bordered by the Mahaweli and Amban Rivers, Wasgamuwa National Park is the only National Park in Sri Lanka’s Central Province. The park comprises a mixture of tropical evergreen forest, grasslands, hills and wetlands, and covers almost 40,000 hectares.

The reserve is most famous for being an important habitat for wild elephants, and over 150 of these gentle giants roam free here. In addition, visitors are likely to see over 20 other mammal species throughout the park, including water buffalo, sloth bears, jackals, Indian wild boar, fishing cats, spotted and barking deer, sambur, purple-face leaf monkeys and possibly even leopards.

Over 140 endemic and migratory bird species can also be spotted in and around the forests, rivers, waterfalls and the beautiful Suda Kana mountain range, including the Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, Yellow-fronted barbet and Racket tailed Drongo. Many fish, amphibians and reptiles such as the Sri Lanka swamp crocodile, water monitors and the endemic red-lipped lizard also reside here. This beautiful haven is certainly a paradise for wildlife lovers.

Aside from its magnificent flora and fauna, the other main attraction of Wasgamuwa National Park is its historical importance. There is evidence to suggest that this area was inhabited by man as well as animals during the Sinhala kingdom before the birth of Christ. Ancient tanks, and several ruined stone temples, Buddha statues and other sacred sites are situated throughout the park.

The giant Canal of Kalinga (Kalinga Yodha Ela) was built in the 12th century during the reign of King Parakramabahu, whilst the ancient ruins of Malagamuwa, Wilmitiya, Wasgamuwa, Sorabora Wewa and Dasthota tanks are testament to the prosperity of this region in ancient times. One of the park’s most important historical sites is Yudanganapitiya, where the armies of Kings Durugemunu and Elara camped during the famous battle in the 2nd century BC.

Not to be missed, this unique tour will give you a fascinating insight into Sri Lanka’s ancient cultural heritage and breathtaking natural beauty.

 

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