Wasgamuwa National Park

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 Wasgamuwa National Park is one of the protected areas where Sri Lankan Elephants can be seen in large herds. Wasgamuwa National Park is also one of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Sri Lanka.

 

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The average temperature is about 28c and annual rainfall ranges between 1650- 2150 millimeters.

Wasgamuwa national park consists of primary, secondary, riverine forests, and grasslands.

Wasgamuwa national park has a historical value because it remains the ruins of Malagamuwa, Wilmitiya, Dasthota irrigation tanks which was built by king Parakramabahu. In addition, the battleground of the battle between king Elara and Dutugamunu has identified as Yudaganapitiya.

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 More than 150 floral species, 23 species of mammals, a herd of 150 Sri Lankan Elephants, 17 reptiles species, 17 fish species, and 143 bird species including 8 endemic species are recorded from the wasgamuwa national park.

The name of the Wasgamuwa has derived through the words "Walas Gamuwa". "Walasa" is Sinhala for sloth bear and "Gamuwa" means a wood. The wasgamuwa national park is situated 225 km away from Colombo.


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