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Proximity to Wasgamuwa National Park, the scenic Knuckles mountain range, the Veddahs of Dambana and the picturesque dam of Sorabora Wewa make FarCry perfect hub from which to delve deep into the regions rich natural and cultural heritage.

1. Wasgamuwa National Park
Drive time : 30 minutes
Activity : Wildlife safari

Wildlife
With incredibly diverse wildlife, this park is home to 23 species of mammal and reptiles too. The centre of attraction is a majestic herd of over 150 elephants. Being less habituated, these elephants can be seen in their most natural feeding and roaming state.Incidentally,Wasgamuwa derives its name from the once abundant sloth bear or “walasa”. The shy sloth bear is today a highly endangered species and can yet be seen here.Mugger crocodile are spotted on the banks of the rivers camouflaged in murky waters as they await their prey.The Torque macaque “rilewa” and the Purple faced langur, both endemic species of monkey to Sri Lanka can be sited too.

Birding
A bird watchers haven, of the 428 species of bird found in Sri Lanka 143 can be sighted in Wasgamuwa. Wasgamuwa is internationally recognized as an “IBA”or Important Bird Area as it is considered a key habitat for the conservation of bird population. Additionally of the islands 33 endemic species, 8 endemic species of birds can be found here.

A selection of significant birds:
  • Red faced malkoha. Endemic and resident to this national park. A red face, black upper parts and long tail make this bird unmistakable.
  • Lesser adjutant.Considered to have the largest body mass of the islands birds and is also a globally endangered species. Its naked head and neck are reminiscent of a vulture.
  • Eurasian spoonbill. At dusk long lines of spoonbills can be seen flying to feed on marshy land where it wades through water moving its bill from side to side to capture its prey.
  • Ceylon junglefowl. Endemic and best seen in the early hour. Identified for its tremulous call with a deep sounding intonation.
  • Ceylon frogmouth. A relatively scarce bird and one of great interest to visiting birders. The males can be distinguished from the females by having noticeably pale areas.
  • Malabar pied hornbill. A majestic bird when in flight with its distinctive beak visible even from a distance. Requires large mature trees with holes for nest sites and access to extensive forest.
  • Yellow fronted barbet. Endemic and stunning with a green body, yellow forehead and blue on its face.
  • Other birds include the Peacock, more aquatic species such as the Painted stork and Black headed ibis.

2. Knuckles Mountain Range, a UNESCO world heritage site
Drive time : 1.25 hours
Activity : Trekking through nature trails. Picnics can be arranged.

The Knuckles mountain range with its numerous forest trails are possibly the most suitable for trekking in Sri Lanka.

Striking mountain sceneries topped by mist are home to a variety of flora and fauna including many rare species. HuluGanga, the Heen Ganga and the Kalu Ganga are the main rivers with crystal clear tributaries and waterfalls making their winding way down the mountains.

3. Mini worlds end
This escarpment is situated on the southern end of the Knuckles range and derives its’ name as it resembles the larger “worlds end” cliff of the Horton Plains. From this location, you’d see a breathtakingly panoramic view of the Knuckles range and some of the villages below.

4. Dambana, the Veddah village
Drive time : 1 hour
Activity : A walk through the jungle village,the museum & the kirikohadance

These indigenous inhabitants are the oldest tribe of Sri Lanka tracing back to 18,000 BC. Populations have reduced significantly from once thriving communities, yet in this remote jungle village the Veddah’s still conserve their way of life with many customs and traditions remaining unique.

Learn of thishistorically significant culture when you visit the Veddah museum. Thatched roofed dwellings and more give you insight into the simple Veddah lifestyle. Traditions practiced for centuries include the invoking of blessings of gods by performing the famous “kirikoha dance”.

5. Sorabora Wewa
Drive time : 30 minutes
Activity : Picnics can be arranged, ideally at sunset.

The picturesque lake of 'Sorabora Wewa' reflects the sheer dedication of the subjects of King Dutugemunu to build a marvel of such magnitude in the year 102 BC. This ancient man made irrigation work is magnificently shaped between two natural stone sluice gates revealing the wondrous engineering skills of the period.

Sorabora Wewa is particularly beautiful at sunset, when as far as the eye can see, lies a grand lake bordered by mountains with a fiery orange sky above.

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