An idyllic expedition for travellers exploring Polonnaruwa, the Wasgamuwa National Park in Sri Lanka requires a near six-hour journey from Colombo. The time spent on the road is made completely worth it, as the Wasgamuwa National Park is a delicious treat for any wildlife enthusiast.
The name of the park stems from the words ‘Walas Gamuwa’, roughly translated in to ‘bear’, ‘wood’. This is due to the fact that the native sloth bear inhabited the area. The history of the park however can be traced as far back as the Anuradhapura Kingdom. It is believed that epic battle between King Elara and King Dutugemunu took place here. Visitors can also view remnants of Chulanga Chaitya built by King Mahanaga of the same period. But the park as it is known today was established only in the late 80’s. Prior to this it was however identified as a nature reserve.
Maintaining a unique eco system, the Wasgamuwa National Park boasts of an unparalleled bio diversity. Sustaining over twenty species of mammals, the park is known for their large number of resident elephants. A herd of 150 elephants along with monkeys, water buffaloes, deer and various other animals occupy the park.
Elevating its beauty, the park is home a to numerous species of birds. On your safari you can spot endemic birds such as Redfaced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Junglefowl and more! Outlined as an Important Bird Area in the country, the Wasgamuwa National Park is paradise for bird watchers. Early morning excursions are recommended for travellers keen on catching the rare view of them perched on a tree.