Wasgamuwa National Park, Polonnaruwa

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Wasgamuwa National Park is located in Polonnaruwa. Put Wasgamuwa National Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Polonnaruwa vacation route planner.
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  • If you want to watch wild elephants in their natural habitat, wasgamuwa national park is one of the best in Sri Lanka. We went on a safari jeep about four rounds and saw elephants each time. But be wa...  more »
  • I would say, the wildest and the biggest elephants live here. Due to access and distance, other locations are more popular. The elephants are know as "vil ali" aka Marsh Elephants, because they have f...  more »
  • This is the third biggest national Park in Sri Lanka. Good surface area with animals such as: Elephants, deers, and plenty of birds. The park organizes two main safaris one between 6-9 am and the othe...  more »
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  • This place is a well-known national park in Sri Lanka. People may visit their in any period of the year. But it is better if you can visit in dry season. There are many place to stay safely inside the park including open air slabs which animal can't reach.
  • Good place for watching elphants
  • Wasgamuwa is well known its abundant wildlife population, wilderness setting and home of several interesting ancient sites. Wasgamuwa is distinguished from other parks by having a full complement of predators of which bears are particularly noteworthy. Ecological research undertaken in the park suggests that the density of bears in Wasgamuwa is probably higher than anywhere else in Sri Lanka. The name Wasgamuwa may also derive from an ancient meaning as a gathering place for bears. Part of Wasgamuwa was declared a Strict Nature Reserve in 1938 and additional areas added to become Wasgamuwa National Park on 07 th August 1984. The park covers almost 37,062.9 hectares of which most is wilderness areas with no visitation.
  • This is the third biggest national Park in Sri Lanka. Good surface area with animals such as: Elephants, deers, and plenty of birds. If you want to watch wild elephants in their natural habitat, Wasgamuwa national park is one of the best in Sri Lanka. These elephants are know as "Vil Ali", because they have fodder & water throughout the year. If you are lucky you can see larger heards like 70-80 elephants but in some days you can't see even one. There are 3 bungalows in side the park Mahaweli & Wawulebe are located near Mahaweli river, those two bungalows are powered by solar panels, But Kadurupitiya bungalow has 3 face current. There is no cafeteria and so I suggest you bring your own food and drinks with you, as the closest store is in about 2-3 KMs. The park was not crowded with crazy safari jeeps and we felt like we had the whole place to our selves.
  • This is best place for go to camping and safari with family or friends we had a perfect amazing weekend in this national park. Everyone should visit here .....

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Where to stay in Polonnaruwa

Famous for its UNESCO-protected and often-visited complex of ruins, Polonnaruwa caters to its visitors with dozens of guesthouses, the majority situated along Batticaloa Road. A number of mid-range and four-star hotels sit on Parakrama Samundra and the shores of Bendiwewa reservoir. Nearby Giritale village, some 7 km (4.3 mi) away, also offers nice alternatives as a rural base. A number of budget-friendly bed & breakfasts can be found near the lake.
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