Wasgamuwa Elephant Expedition
Wasgamuwa National Park is one of the main National Park in Sri Lanka and Wasgamuwa National Park is a haven for many species of flora and displaced fauna.It is situated adjoining Matale and Polonnaruwa districts. Main reason for declaring Wasgamuwa National Park is to protect and refuge the displaced wild animals during the Mahaweli Project . It was declared as a strict nature reserve in 1970’s and it’s a place where you can see wild elephants in large herds.
As your tour unwinds you will be arriving at Wasgamuwa National Park in the noon and you will be checked in to Elephant conservation field house near Wasgamuwa National Park where you will stay for three days. At this time you will be served with freshly cooked Sri Lankan rice and curry lunch. After the lunch it’s time to you to head towards the Wasgamuwa tank and you will be briefed about the experience. The Wasgamuwa tank is a popular place to witness the wild elephants and while you wait to them to appear you will witness large number of birds. Your next experience will be climbing a tree top watch hut and witness how elephants and humans use the same route for movement. You will spent there till dusk and you will be amazed with sounds of nocturnal species as the darkness falls you will head back to Elephant conservation field house and freshen up and have dinner while discussing the experience that you had during the day.
The next day you will be waking up early in the morning at around 5:30 am and you will be having your early morning tea or coffee and head to the sunrise rock. This is along with the lake and you will see how the wildlife and villagers both getting ready to greet the new day. This will be your chance to meet villagers and understand village activities and local culture. You will be headed back to field house and you can fulfill your taste buds with a hearty breakfast.
As you next step you will be heading to the village and observe orange plantation that have been set up to act as elephant deterrents while providing the villagers with a supplementary income. You will be listening to the villagers stories and learn how the orange trees are helping them to coexist with elephants. You will be helping to gather data of the projects including assessing the growth, vigor and status of citrus groves and the successful l colonization of beehives. This is your ultimate chance to learn human and elephant conflict.
You will be head back to the field house to freshen up and have a home cooked lunch .In the afternoon you will be joining a Jeep Safari to Wasgamuwa National Park and you can witness elephants and other wild species inside the park and you can collect data for Elephant ID Catalogue. After some adventurous safari ride you will be headed back to field house and freshen up and sit for a hearty full dinner while recalling and discussing the days experience at the National Park and have a good night sleep.
This will be your final day of experiencing the wildlife of wasgamuwa. You will be waking up early in the morning and you will do a sunrise walk along the Lake Bund and witness wildlife and village life .After this you will head back to filed house and have a hearty full breakfast and it’s time to say good bye to the team at the field house and elephants of Wasgamuwa National Park.