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Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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Private Tour: Wasgamuwa National Park Safari
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Wild elephants

If you want to watch wild elephants in their natural habitat, wasgamuwa national park is one of the best in Sri Lanka. We went on a safari jeep about four rounds and saw... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to watch wild elephants in their natural habitat, wasgamuwa national park is one of the best in Sri Lanka. We went on a safari jeep about four rounds and saw elephants each time. But be warnd, its not for the weak hearted as few times elephants chased after us and scared us to death.but it was an... More 

Thank yasadari
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would say, the wildest and the biggest elephants live here. Due to access and distance, other locations are more popular. The elephants are know as "vil ali" aka Marsh Elephants, because they have fodder & water throughout the year.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

This is the third biggest national Park in Sri Lanka. Good surface area with animals such as: Elephants, deers, and plenty of birds. The park organizes two main safaris one between 6-9 am and the other between 3-6 pm, so make sure you are there around those times, otherwise you will be lingering around for a while and not much... More 

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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Wasgamuwa NP located in Polonnaruwa & Matale districts.You can access from Dambulla,Bakamuna, Hettipola & Handungamuwa or Kandy ,Mathale,Raththota,Laggala ,Hettipola & Hsndungamuwa.Kandy Mathale road is more scenic because you have to travel via reverston.It's nearly 250km from Colombo and takes 5-6 hrs.Best season for visit is Sep to March, beacuse it's rainy season.You can see Sri Lankan elephant,Samber deer,spotted deer, barking... More 

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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

I saw a lot different kinds of beautiful birds, mongoose, deer, crocodiles end elephants :) 2 adult males; a jonger male and 2 smaller herds (not in dry season). The national park has much less touriststhan other national park. This is a good thing because you really feel like your in nature and not in a crowded safari. There is... More 

1 Thank 340tina
Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

Visited this park in Feb 2016. This park is on the outskirts of strict touristic area and unfortunately roads are nit so good thus not many tourists reach to this park. So it was our jeep apart from another french friend of ours from Lyon. We saw many different animals including Crocodiles, Buffalos and many elephants in groups. You could... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2015

We camped inside the national park and i must say the experience was fantastic! We spotted so many birds and i managed to click some amazing shots! The elephants were an absolute pleasure to observe! The park wasnt crowded with crazy safari jeeps and we felt like we had the whole place to our selves.

5 Thank Anushka F
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2015

This wild animal sanctuary is NOT a zoo, and that is what makes the experience a trip of a lifetime.You can see many Sri Lankan animals & endemic birds in Sri Lanka.You can see the big elephants too.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2015

Approximately 40Km northeast from Kandy.The park proberbly contain more wildlife than others , has more diversity

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015

Great elephants. I got to wash one with a coconut husk. Don't use the toilets though. Its wonderful to see the elephants in their natural habitat. You get to feed an elephant with a big milk bottle too.

2 Thank cm15432

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