Wasgamuwa National Park, spanning 39,322 hectares, is located in the districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa, and boasts not only rich biodiversity but also important cultural heritage with ancient ruins found throughout the park.
It was declared a national park in 1984 in an effort towards the conservation of biodiversity and is a true testament to untouched, untamed wilderness. The main attractions at the park include herds of majestic Asian elephants and the infamously shy sloth bears, but you could also encounter leopards, golden jackals, water buffalos, slender loris, wild boars, many species of deer and even the fishing cat.
On the way to the park stop at the majestic Rathana Ella waterfall, the 14th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka standing at 101m in the town of Hasalaka. There you can take in the lush, verdant surroundings and the paddy fields that the waterfall supplies.
Our Resident Naturalist will accompany you on this excursion to guide you on the park’s wildlife. A picnic lunch will be organized within the park and, weather permitting, guests can even take a dip in the Mahaweli River.
2.5-hour drive from Santani
3-hour game drive.
Preferred attire – we recommend neutral colours and swimwear if you want to take a dip.