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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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