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Reviewed 14 February 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

Date of experience: February 2021
Thank chinthaka_ptz
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Reviewed 19 January 2021

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.

Date of experience: December 2020
Thank eraj9
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Reviewed 9 December 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: August 2020
Thank chathuandishanka
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Reviewed 7 March 2020 via mobile

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

Date of experience: March 2020
1  Thank Q1750EXandyt
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Reviewed 19 January 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.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Davidrorippa
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