Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu National park, a nature’s sanctuary, is Sri Lanka’s largest national park, spreading in an area of 1900 square kilo meters. The national park is located about 180km north of Colombo and 30km from Anuradhapura. The national park consists of beautiful lakes and tanks that are full during the monsoon season, plenty of birds and animals and a dense jungle covers the surroundings. Wilpattu was declared a wildlife sanctuary on the year 1905 and was elevated to the status of National Wildlife Park on the 25th February, 1938.
Travellers can find a variety of animals and is renowned among tourists for the large number of bears, leopards and elephants in the park. Other wild life attractions such as crocodiles, monitors, cobras and water buffalos, sambhur and spotted dears are among the existing species. Countless species of birds can be found and the park plays host to a number of migrant birds from November to March. The best time to visit Wilpattu is during and after the monsoon, as that is the time when all the lakes and tanks are swelling and enhancing the natural beauty of the jungle.
Tourists need to take a turn from Wilpattu Junction on the A12 road, Puttalam-Anuradhapura as it is half way on the route from Anuradhapura towards Puttalam. Buses running on this route too can drop travellers at this point as the distance is just 8km from the junction to the Wilpattu National Park. The best time to visit the National Park is during the months of February and October and the park has good gravel roads, particularly between the water holes. There is no accommodation options within the park as to date although Anuradhapura located 30KM away from the park provides regular accommodation options. Jeep safaris are the regular method in exploring the Wilpattu National Park. The rangers at the park guides the wild life safaris and the visitors are always safe though in the wilderness.
|Car Parking||Available - Charges May Apply|
|Time taken for a visit (roughly)||5 - 6 Hours|