Sri Lanka is undoubtedly a truly blessed island which has more
secluded riverine evergreen forests and grasslands apart from its signature
national parks like Yala, Uda Walawa and Wilpattu? Wasgamuwa National Park is a
unique inhabitant when it comes to perennial greenery even in the dry North-central
province of Sri Lanka.
It is an affluent unscathed National Park, lying along the
protuberant Mahaweli River and Amban River.
Having a lush greenery throughout the park, Wasgamuwa is well famous
for its large herds of Marsh Elephants over 100 elephants!
They simply gather especially when they are heading towards the
rivers and waterholes to quench their thirst and when a calf is born in the
herd, they gather as in to celebrate it.
Also, it’s one of the year-round parks to witness 23 species of
mammals, 143 bird species including 8 endemics, 17 reptiles, 8 amphibians and
50 species of butterflies out of which 8 are endemic.
Best time of visiting Wasgamuwa National Park is considered the
months from November to May. The weather is quite favourable to the visitor and
most importantly to spot the majestic herds of Marsh Elephants! Entrance to the
park can be taken from either Kandy, Hasakala or Hettipola, allowing this park
to be accessible to visitors travelling from any part of Sri Lanka.