The archaeological and historical heritage of Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa National Park

Location Approximately 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Kandy in the Polonnaruwa and Matale districts, Wasgomuwa spans the North Central and Central provinces. Its eastern boundary is defined by the Mahaweli Ganga, the northern and western boundaries are bordered by the Amban Ganga and the southern boundary is formed largely by the Dunuwila Oya. The nearest large town is Polonnaruwa, 6 miles (10 km) from the northern boundary; the southern part of the park can be reached along a 28 mile/45 km road from Hasalaka. Immediately northeast lies the 17,350 ha Flood Plains National Park, downstream from Wasgomuwa. To the north is the Minneriya Giritale Nature Reserve (7,529ha). Wasgomuwa is distinguished by its virtual lack of contemporary human disturbance and infrastructure, and its importance as a centre of ancient Sri Lankan culture. Isolation by large rivers on all but its southern side is a major advantage for management. The park probably contains more wildlife than others, in terms of diversity. Access Turn off at Hasalaka on the Kandy-Mahiyangana road and proceed via Wilgamuwa upto Wasgomuwa. Visitors from Matale and Polonnaruwa areas can reach Wasgomuwa via Laggala and Wilgamuwa. The Wilgamuwa Japan Bridge provides easy access to visitors approaching from Mahaweli System-C. Wasgomuwa is 140 miles (225 km) from Colombo. Cultural Heritage The most important cultural site is Buduruwayaya in the southwest corner, near the confluence of the Amban and Kalu rivers. Visitors and Visitor Facilities Accommodation is also available at guesthouses and hotels in Polonnaruwa, Giritale and Habarana and at economical rest-houses in Mahiyangana and Pallegama. There are seven camp sites ( Mahaweli 1 -2, Medapitiya 1-2, Ulpath hatha, Vawulabe, Hatharamanhandiya) and three Bungalows (Mahaweli, Vawulabe, Kadurupitiya) Reservations at the Head office, Battaramulla. Tel. 011 288 8585

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