Wasgamuwa National Park

The Wasgamuwa National Park is located in close proximity to the cultural triangle and the central hills of Sri Lanka and can be accessed through Polonnaruwa and Dambulla. It is a contiguous area which connects to Minneriya national park which comprises of elephant country where by the most number of elephants can be encountered. The park is not as popular compared to the other national parks in the country, yet it is still a place of interest for many. It was declared a national park in 1984 and is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna with over 23 different types of species including bears, elephants and many more.


  • There are huge herds  elephants that can be witnessed which is an exciting experience
  • There are a wide range of different species of animals that have been identified within the park
  • It is a major biodiversity hotspot that must be visited
  • The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including 143 bird species


Stretching over an enormous area of 36,948 hectares, the park was first declared a Strict Nature Reserve in 1938 and after wildlife conservation became a popular notion, it was declared a National Park in 1984. It is home to a large variety of flora and fauna which include 23 species of mammals which are elephants, bears and much more.
Wasgamuwa is one of the less visited parks, and the peak period to visit this park is from November to May where you can witness herds of up to 150 at any point of time.

For further details on Wasgamuwa National Park, visit our Wasgamuwa destination page.
Click here – Wasgamuwa National Park Safari, to learn more about the safari experience to this park.