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Wasgamuwa National Park

Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #16 of 19 Attractions in Polonnaruwa
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

I visited after the rain on a week day everything was green and beautiful only about three vehicles inside the park was very lucky to see elephants,deer,crocodile ,many birds and many peacock dance,i have always enjoyed my visits to Wasgamuwa since it's not very crowded a park you must visit

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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We can't recommend this more highly - far far better than a visit to the (distressing) elephant orphanage near Kandy. On a three-hour safari we saw somewhere between 50 and 100 wild elephants in family groups, roaming free - yet the safari jeep drivers managed to get us up close to some of them, as long as we were quite... More 

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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I will not rate this place above Wilpattu or Yala National parks. However, if you are interested in watching massive WilAliya then you should visit this place. Tips: 1. One day afternoon /evening is good enough for this trip 2. Morning is useless 3. Don't expect to see sloth bear or leopard here 4. If you are staying inside, make... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

We visited Wasgamuwa park for an afternoon safari, starting at 2pm. We had a guide from the park in the Jeep with us who explained to us about the different animals and plants. It was extremely informative. We saw many birds, peacocks, butterflies, water buffalo and many elephants, we saw a herd of female elephants with their young and a... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

You can see elephants in hundreds in their natural behavior, at close proximity. Apart from those , except for fer herds of deer, there were no many animals, perhaps bad luck. Various types of cranes were there.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

only a few elephants. just dust roads and almost no other wild life. Could be the season, I am not certain.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is the place to see Elephants in the wild where they belong. You can join a 4x4 trip with a guide and drive through the park to the irrigation reservoir or tank as the local's call them. We saw Elephants bathing and feeding on the grass, ripping it up and then knocking it against their feet with their trunk... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Visited Wasgamuwa National Park as a part of our Knuckles trek. We arrived in Knuckles around lunch time & visited the park for the evening safari. There were lots of wild elephants roaming around in herds giving us good photo opportunities. Some of them even gave a go at us once we lingered too much amidst the. There was a... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

The trip was very interesting saw many herds of wild elephants, spotted deer and,jackals many peacocks and peafowls ,storks, serpent eagles, bee eaters

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Sydney
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Few hours of safari yeilded a handful of birds, one deer and one squirrel. Possibly due to the floods - maybe better at other times.

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