Unperturbed and relatively less explored, the Wasgamuwa National Park Sri Lanka is a safe haven for the island’s most treasured beings. Located in the Matale and Polonnaruwa districts the National Park is a refreshing place for an unconventional safari. Elephants venture out of the greenery, somewhat inquisitively as they are not completely used to the sight of visitors. In fact, most of the mammals, reptiles and birds shy-away from the curious looks of humans. If you need exceptional guidance and brilliantly nature-centered lodging Mahoora Tented Safari Camps would be a suitable option.
From all directions of the park, rivers and streams flow, much like the rolling pearls on the neck of a queen. The famous Mahaweli Ganga flows through the park while the Amban Ganga and Dunvila Oya stand like strong sentinels on the Northern and Western borders. It is said that in the 2nd Century BC, the famous King Dutugemunu and his opponent King Elara hatched battle plans and ensured the rejuvenation of their troops in this area. The historical significance of this park certainly contributes to its charm.
The Sri Lankan Sloth Bear whose numbers in the park are reducing to a depressing amount could also be spotted if you are very, very lucky. The same applies to leopard sightings as they prefer to remain concealed among the bountiful foliage.
Twenty three species of mammals, along with a whopping hundred and forty three species of birds have been spotted in the park. Keep your eyes peeled for the largest bird in Sri Lanka, the Lesser Adjutant. Peek into the waters and you would also be able to spot an astounding variety of fish. It certainly would feel like a heavenly space full of divine beings.
Make sure to visit Wasgamuwa between January and March to feel extra blessed by the nature the park has to offer.
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