Wasgamuwa National Park

  • Category: National Parks
  • Distance From Colombo‎: 225 km
  • Mode of Game Drive: Jeep
  • Main Spotter: Elephants
  • Drive Time: 4 h
  • Location: Central and North Central Provinces
  • Availability: All Year
  • Txp: Van, Car, Jeep, Bus
  • Area: 393,2 km²
  • Best Time To Visit: February to September
  • Accom: Hotel, Luxury Tented, Bungalow
  • Elevation: 60-470 m above sea level

About Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa National Park is located in the district of Matale, between Polonnaruwa and Habarana, 225 km away from Colombo, between the Central and North Central provinces, and this park is 39,000 hectares of dry evergreen forests, grasslands, wetlands, canals and waterways, scattered with forgotten ancient ruins. Home to a vast variety of flora and fauna (23 species of mammal – including Elephants, Leopard, Sloth Bears, Deer, Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey, 143 Birds, eight Amphibians, 17 freshwater Fishes, 17 reptiles, Water monitor, Mugger Crocodile, Estuarine Crocodile and Python, 50 Butterflies and 150 Plants), this park is truly a paradise for the nature lover.

What is The Best Time to Visit Wasgamuwa National Park

It is possible to visit the park all year round. The best time to visit Gal Oya is from March to July, is the prime time.

What Animals Can You Spot In Wasgamuwa National Park?

The Wasgamuwa National park is home to over 30 species of mammals which popularly include a large population of Sri Lankan Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambur, Monkey and Buffalo, many rare species of endemic and migratory birds, Reptile and Amphibians.  There is also a wide range of birdlife, reptiles and much more.

Activities Near Wasgamuwa National Park
Closest landmarks
  • Deegavapi Stupa
  • Henebedde Cave
  • Kumana National Park
  • Muhudu Maha Viharaya
  • Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya
  • Buddhangala Monastery

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Did you know that
Sri Lanka’s is home to:

  • 92 species of mammals
  • Over 440 bird species
  • 242 butterfly & 117 dragonfly species
  • A 190 reptiles of which 98 species are of snakes, while the remaining are of mainly lizards, crocodiles and turtles
  • 102 amphibian species
  • 107 species of fish
  • 3210 species of flowering plants!
  • And much more!


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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I visit Wasgamuwa National Park?

It is possible to visit the park all year round. The best time to visit Wasgamuwa is from February to Septemberr, is the prime time.

What kind of weather can I expect in Wasgamuwa National Park?

The National Park’s annual daily temperature is 28 °C and has a dry zone climate. Annual rainfall ranges between 1,650 to 2,100 mm. Rain is received during the north-eastern monsoon from October to January. July–September is the dry season.

How Many Days Should I Spend at Wasgamuwa National Park?

Ideally, you should spend at least 2 night up to 4 nights in Wasgamuwa to get the best, This would give you an opportunity to visit some of the less frequently visited sections of the park away from the normal tracks which we like to do.

How is it like on a general Safari Day?

  • Full-day Safari (duration 12+hrs) – Leaving the Camp at 06:00am and Returning to Camp by 06:00pm with breakfast, lunch & refreshments on board.

  • Morning Game Drive (duration 4-5hrs) – Morning Game Drive Leaving the Camp at 06:00am and returning around 11 am

  • Afternoon Game Drive (duration 3-4hrs) – Leaving the Camp between 14:00pm – 15:00pm and returns around 6 pm

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Avoid wearing white and other bright colors while on safari
  • Don’t take anything from the park
  • Use water sparingly
  • Never leave your vehicle except at designated get off points where it is permitted to do so

Whisper at sightings, a loud human voice may disturb animals and cause them to charge their behavior and movements Be conscious of wrappers and other litter flying out of your vehicle Always keep children under strict supervision and never allowed to wonder away Never feed the animals and always keeps a safe distance from them

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