The Elephants of Wasgamuwa

Discover a National Park which is out of the beaten path and less explored…

This experience is all about discovering and showcasing paths less treaded, roads less travelled and areas less explored.

The Wasgamuwa National Park is located off the Kandy – Mahiyanganaya Road. The park is teeming with flora and fauna, dominated by herds of Sri Lankan elephants (Elephas maximus maximus) who is one of the three recognized subspecies of the Asian elephant. If you are lucky you might spot a sloth bear as well.

On top of wildlife, this park has historic significance as well as harboring many legends and folklores. One such tale is the story of Yudaganawa or Yudaganapitiya located within the park, where the final battle between King Ravana & King Rama is believed to have taken place. Still the area is hard / torched, and cannot be cultivated. The soil is very similar to Ussangoda Ramayana site where there a lot of destruction and turmoil took place during the same war.

We meet your ranger hosts at 1.30 PM near the park entrance, where they have set up a nice outdoor lunch for you. Enjoy lunch together with your rangers, getting to know them on a personal level and sharing stories before you embark on your adventure into the park at 2.30 PM. As we enter there is good chance you will be greeted by Gray Langurs (Hanuman Monkeys) who are a quite shy but curious monkey species. We make our way deeper into the park. Make sure to keep you ears and eyes open for birds, butterflies, deer, buffalo, elephants or maybe even a sloth bear? Your rangers are very knowledgeable on the typical behavior of the animals in the park and will try to show you as much of the bio diversity of this park as possible.

Your Hosts

Haritha: Haritha, or often known as “Hari” has a passion for wild life and the need for conservation. This is what drove him into this field. Ever since he was little boy, he has been spending most of his time in the wilderness. The initial introduction to knuckles was given to him by his father Senani (AKA- Pila), who is also a well know guide and conservationist at the Knuckles Mountain range. They have both been working as guides in different national parks in Sri Lanka. Hari received most of his guiding education in South Africa. He is a qualified nature guide and a fully qualified trails guide in Africa. The need for conservation and awareness that Knuckles needed made him return to his home land.

or

Katharina: The passion for nature brought Katharina to Sri Lanka. She set out from Germany to Africa four years ago to make her childhood dream come true and to follow her passion for wildlife. She received her guiding qualifications and experience in Africa following which a new path in life opened up to her. After her first visit to Knuckles more than two years ago already it was immediately clear that she had a calling to visit Sri Lanka and spend time in Knuckles. She now invests her time and energy to further explore this unique and still untouched piece of land and to bring it closer to people.

or

Nuwan: Nuwan was really into watching discovery documentaries when he was little kid. During his time in Thailand Nuwan did some volunteering work for the zoo. This is where he realized that it was his calling to connect with nature and wildlife. Having seeing animals in captivity, Nuwan set off on a transformational journey appreciating the great outdoors and the freedom in the wild. He became a wildlife guide five years ago while also working as guest relations officer in hotels.To Nuwan this is more than a job, it’s a passion, a way of life and he is an evangelist in educating people about the importance of conserving the environment, its flora and its fauna.

null

Number of PAX

1-5 PAX
null

Difficulty

Easy
null

Duration

6 hours
null

Suitable for children

Yes. Over 12 years of age

Things to know

Includes: Entrance ticket. Hosted 4×4 jeep safari into the National Park with professional naturalists, water and rehydrates, snacks to go, lunch with tea/ coffee, fruit juice and chocolates. First aid kit and toiletry kit.

Meeting time: 1.30 PM

What to wear or bring along: Neutral colored light, cool clothing, shoes. Sunglasses, caps/ hats. Camera.

Important info

Guests are not permitted to get off the jeep and walk around the park. Please do not smoke inside the park and dispose of litter responsibly. Do not feed any of the animals. Please do not use your flash when taking photographs of the animals.

Making the most of it:

Please ask a lot of questions from your expert rangers. Always keep your ears peeled and eyes open because you never know how mother nature might surprise you with a great sighting.