Wasgamuwa National Park


Other parks characterise Wasgamuwa National Park by having a total balance of predators, of which bears are especially noteworthy. Ecological research begun in the park implies that the density of bears in Wasgamuwa is probably higher than everywhere else in Sri Lanka. The title Wasgamuwa may also arise from an ancient meaning as a gathering place for bears. Division of Wasgamuwa was declared a Strict Nature Reserve in 1938, and different areas connected to enhance Wasgamuwa National Park on 07 th August 1984. The park includes approximately 37,062.9 hectares, of which the most abundant is wilderness areas with no visitation.
Wasgamuwa is 225kms from Colombo and could be reached via Kandy. at turn from Hasalaka on the Kandy-Mahiuyanganga Road and proceed via Wilgamuwa up to can reach Wasgamuwa through Laggala and Waligamuwa.
The imperative tomography is north-south aligned, quartzite Sudukanda range west of the park, the Amban Ganga to the west and the Mahaweli Ganga. It futures to erosion remnants, such as Nuganagala in the North and Udawewalanda towards the south. Rocks are predominantly Pre-Cambrian. Soils are reddish-brown earth in the upper catchment areas and alluvial in floodplains. The total area is over 39,322 ha. The park is adjacent to the Riverine Nature Reserve (920.6ha) on the right bank of the Mahaweli Ganga. Climate conditions are representative of the dry zone and primarily influenced by the northeast monsoon (Maha) in October- February. Inter-monsoon rains occur in March-May. Seasonal rainfall increases from about 1,750mm in the north to 2,250mm in the south, and the mean annual warmth is about 27 ° C, with slight change year-round.


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