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Wasgamuwa National Park

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #17 of 19 Attractions in Polonnaruwa
Type: National Parks
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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40 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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Sentosa Island, Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

My friend and I arrived at Polonnaruwa via the train to realise, there really wasnt much to the place (in terms of sight seeing) besides the national park and the ancient city. Upon desperation from boredom, we decided, despite the really high prices, to join the safari. Ok, so you have to pay for the Jeep, the entrance fee etc.... More

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