Wasgamuwa National Park
Wasgamuwa National Park
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Tai S
Ratmalana, Sri Lanka48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
A good friend of mine called me for a trip to wasgamuwa.. was amazing! I was highly reluctant to go as I never been to wasgamuwa however I wanted to try and see... check the place out... it was a nice place they had booked near the park...

we got to see elephants and bears and other animals... this park has no leopards... maybe 1 or 2 not sure didn't see but mainly ppl come for birding and elephants!

We had an awesome cook the place we stayed... we got the ingredients and they made the food... we stayed in a bungalow sort of which was open to the outside ...

I highly recommend a portable mosquito net (this is to keep out not only the mosy but other insects that come at night when sleeping) that can be folded and taken on trips you can get them from arpico super store...

Also each time before you goto sleep please lift the bed mattresses and check underneath for any insects

also get some mosquito repellant as well... :D
Written 18 October 2023
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neil j
Colombo, Sri Lanka146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
One of the best places to see elephants but mostly can be seen after about 3.30 pm. we went in August and no other animals except deer at one place. Anyhow, the river bath is sometimes we enjoyed as it is safe and scenery. We went for a full day trip and the trackers had to clear roads and hardly any elephants in the morning but you can enjoy endless jungle flora.
Written 15 August 2022
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katie111111111
Preston, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Amazing Safari if you want a less touristy place to visit! We visited after reading how busy ayala can get. We had a whole jeep to ourselves so was able to swap sides depending on where the animals were. We only saw one other jeep whilst on our safari so pretty much had the park to ourselves!

We saw well over 100 elephants in the wild and a few REALLY close, including baby elephants too. We saw other animals such as water buffalo, deer, crocodile, aguana, peacocks, wild boar and many different birds.

We didn't see any leopards but we mainly wanted to see elephants, which we definitely did!!

Great half day doing the safari!!
Written 1 April 2022
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BathRover
Bath, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Saw several wild elephants in different groups and places, even had a mock charge from one! Also many peacocks and some deer.
Written 27 February 2022
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Liyanage56
Sri Lanka2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
We were there with the family.It was a nice experience for all of us.We saw plenty of elephant at once.Definitely recommend
Written 5 March 2021
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Chinthaka_Ptz
29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Wasgamuwa is a national park situated in Matale & Polonnaruwa districts, bordering the Mahaweli River. Wasgamuwa is very popular for drastic and tallest wild elephants and birds. The best time to visit is the evening when elephants become more active and keep clam, less noisy since wild elephant may attack your jeep. Our visit to Wasgamuwa NP is superb. There are 3 wildlife bungalows inside the park and we stayed Wavulabe Wildlife Bungalow which is very nice place in the band of Mahaweli River. Bungalow keeper Sarath was very helpful person and his foods are tasty and superb. Our tracker is Dhanushka, he is very experience tracker. He saved us from unexpected elephant attack. But the Park Warden and the management is not that much great since we have to wait more than one hour to find a tracker and clear the entrance
Written 13 February 2021
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eraj9
London, UK136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Its an Elephants paradise. For those who frequest Yala etc this is more laid back and you can see elephants in larger heards. Lots of other bird species etc and a very different park.
Written 19 January 2021
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka1,640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
One of the best national parks in Sri Lanka to spot wild elephants. Ideal to visit in evenings when elephants are more active. You can park the vehicles at entrance and get a safari Jeep from there. Jeep cost you 3500 rupees in addition to the entrance fees which costed us around 1000 rupees for 5 people. During the safari they stop at the banks of mahaweli river and you could spend some quality time there as well. We had a very successful safari here and spotted many elephants.
Written 9 December 2020
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Andy T
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
We had an amazing experience here, and the flexibility of your own driver means that if a noisy group turns up, you can go the other way (as we did!)
Agree with other reviews, less busy than some parks.
Elephants in abundance. A few buffalo, monitor lizards and some great birds.
Highly recommended
Written 6 March 2020
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Davidrorippa
Melbourne, Australia82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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 dispersed grazing and hunting, altho there are also some high quality damp forests on the less accessible lower mountain slopes (also part of the national park). The standard Sri Lankan large animals are all too easily seen, notably elefants, buffalo, spotted deer, crocodiles and others, plus PLENTY of bird life and even a few varieties of snakes. You may be lucky enough to catch leopards (altho these can never be guaranteed).
It's a bit 'off the beaten track', best accessible via Dambulla and the park itself can be accessed by jeep safari (including park guide). We stayed at the nearby Safari Lodge (a great location - more on that later).
It's a great alternative to Yala. In Wasgamuwa you can see the wildlife in natural habitat without the swarms of tourists that harry the wildlife in better known parks, such as Yala. Sri Lanka provides some of the best 'big wild animal' experiences outside Africa.
Written 18 January 2020
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