Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa National Park assisted for the displaced wild animals and its many water sources abundance animals roam. Located 225 km from Colombo. This magnificent nature park lies between the prince of the river “Mahawali” and Aban Gaga. Located in the districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa. The best time to enjoy the sight of large herds is during November to May. In the rest of the year the elephants tend to migrate to nearby Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks. Wasgamuwa is home to many rare birds, Mammals, reptiles and some flora.

Wasgamuwa not only Nature reserve it’s celebrated Sri Lankan history and irrigation system. Few ancient land mark spanning over 36,900 hectares. Wasgamuwa National Park exhibits one of the highest biodiversity among the protected areas in Sri Lanka. More than 150 floral species have recorded from the park. Cryptocorynewalkeri and Munroniapumila are two plants with economic value.

The Main attraction would be herds of elephants. Elephants are bathing and feeding on the grass. Ripping it up and knocking it against their feet with their trunk to remove the soil from the root before eating around 150 elephants can be seen. Other wildlife includes Purple faced langur monkeys, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer, buffalo and rarely sighted leopards and sloth bears. Among the reptiles are water monitor, mugger crocodile, estuarine crocodile and python.

The number of bird species recorded from the park is 143. This includes 8 endemic species. Endemic Red-faced Malkoha is a resident bird in this national park. Sri Lanka Jungle fowl is another endemic bird inhabits the park, among the bird populations are Sri Lanka Trogon, and racquet tailed Drongo, endemic yellow fronted Barbet, endemic Sri Lanka spur fowl, white necked stork and lesser adjutant stork. . Endemic Garrac eylonensis and Combtail are among the 17 fish species reside in the aquatic habitats of the park. Of the park's 50 butterflies, eight species are endemic.

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