Wasgamuwa National Park is located in Matale and Polonnaruwa districts bordered by the “Mahaweli” river. It is 225 km from Colombo via Kandy. The park was declared as a National park in 1984. It was evident that this area had been inhabitant by ancient Sinhala Kingdoms as the remaining of Wasgamuwa, Wilmitiya and Dasthota tanks shows the prosperity of the ancient kingdoms. The park stretches in an area of 36,948 hectares
The variety of flora and fauna in this park is very high and it is housed to twenty three species of mammals including wild elephants, wild buffalos, bears, 143 bird species out of 428 reported in Sri Lanka , 8 amphibians, 17 species of fresh water fishes, 17 reptiles, 50 butterflies species and 150 plants are reported in this park.
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