Wasgamuwa National Wildlife Park, Sri Lanka



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For the attention of Eshan Kandanarachchi

Dear Eshan

It was a pleasure to meet you.

Sam and I would like to thank you and all the camp staff for a truly enjoyable and memorable stay.

Our time at Wasgamuwa National Park was one of a number of highlights we had in Sri Lanka .

Now having experienced everything first hand I look forward to recommeding this to our clients.

With kind regards,

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"Dear Thisaru

A happy New Year to you all. We had an excellent time at Wasgamuwa National Park and we would like to thank all of you at the Eco Team for a great camping excursion and for working so hard on our behalf! It was very much appreciated.

Best wishes


Judith Parsons
+44 207 731 2765 "

The camp ,service , and food was outstanding; excellent experience and wonderful opportunity to discover Srilanka's wildlife and hospitality.
Judith Parsons - 04 /01/ 2008 [02 nights / 3 days]

"Very good, Excellent experience. Service is very friendly. Camp settings and dinner by the river was the most enjoyable time throughout the camping experience" By Ian Poole Visited: 25th March 05

"Excellent campsite, nice atmosphere, especially BBQ. Camp setting was excellent"
By: Lenna Muller Visited: 05th June 04


Wasgamuwa National Wildlife Park , Sri Lanka

WASGAMUWA NATIONAL PARK located in the districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa and bordered by the 'Mahaweli' and 'Amban' rivers, stretches an impressive 36,948 hectares. It was declared a National park in 1984, making it the only one in the Central Province.  Home to a huge variety of flora and fauna (23 species of mammal - including elephants and bears, 143 birds, 8 amphibians, 17 fresh water fishes, 17 reptiles, 50 butterflies and 150 plants), this park is truly a paradise for the nature lover.  With < many small scale ancient tanks and several other ruins and ancient religious sites the park also has significant historical importance.  For keen hikers, it is also home to the 'Sudu Kanda' mountain range (about 470m above sea level).
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History and the Description of the Wasgamuwa National Park:
map of Wasgamuwa national Park - Sri Lanka

Long before wildlife conservation became fashionable, Sri Lanka already had areas of jungle marked out for conservation. One such case is that of the Wasgomuwa National Park , a portion of which was declared a Strict Nature Reserve as early as 1938.

Life here, of course, is abundant, a testimonial to the success of Sri Lanka 's early conservation efforts. Fifty or so species of butterflies (nine of which are endemic) sprinkle the park with a splash of welcome color just when you think your eyes are dying of dullness from the browns and grays of all those large mammals, which drink from every stream and river the veritable White Mountain feeds.
If you try looking into these rivers and streams, you might catch a glimpse of the Stone Sucker or Combtail, two of the 17 species of fish swimming in them.

Watch out for Water Monitors and crocodiles while looking for fish though, and try not to run afoul of these not-too-friendly reptiles. While some would say that all reptiles are hideous, the more adorable ones include the endangered skink and the Dangaradanda as well as the Red Lipped Lizard and - with a name implying that normal people actually notice the ears of lizards - the Earless Lizard.

Wasgamuwa National Park - Sri LankaNo discussion of a national park in Sri Lanka is complete without the naming of a few birds, as we have noted in our section on Minneriya-Giritale National Park . So here are a few more cool names for you to memorize. It is intriguing how people name birds, and we're quite sure that's part of the fun.

In Wasgomuwa National Park - where the Lesser Adjutant does not refer to a disgraced general - there are about 143 species of birds. Examples (besides the Lesser Adjutant) include the Red-faced Malkoha and Yellow Fronted Barbet; the Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl; and Sri Lanka Spur Fowl, sometimes misheard as "super-fowl". There is also the Sri Lanka Frogmouth, which appears to have no beak. Speaking of which, this might be a convenient place to draw your attention to the Slender Wood Frog, an endangered amphibian and the most noteworthy among the eight species found here.

It's not terribly fun just reading names, is it? Much better to just take that three-hour car ride and see for yourself the amazing assortment of life teeming in Wasgomuwa National Park.



Guest Comments

A wonderful experience in the middle of the jungle.excellent food and service A place to recommend.

November, 2011

Very friendly helpful and polite staff who all worked to gather to make our experience enjoyable.

Jean Roy
November, 2011


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