Wilpattu National Park, located on the West Coast of Sri Lanka is a hidden gem and offers you great safari wildlife experience. It reopened in 2010 and is with 1.080 square meters one of the biggest national Parks in Sri Lanka. Its recommendable because it is not overcrowded like the famous Yala National Park and it is the park with most wildlife jungle parts. Even though you will find clearings and watering places where the animals show up very often in dry seasons.
HOW TO GET TO WILPATTU PARK
You can start your trip to the national Park from Anuradhapura or from Colombo. From Anuradhapura it is about 40-50 minutes with a car. If you take a Tuk Tuk it is a little bit longer. Most of the people take a tour from Colombo. Depending on the traffic it takes 3, 5 to 4 hours with a car.
Reaching Willpattu Park with public transport is tricky but possible. Regular buses (every 30min – 1hrs) between Puttalam and Anradhapura will drop you off at the village of Maragahawewa in the main road, from where you can catch a tuk tuk for the 5-10 km journey to the guesthouses around Horuvila and the nearby park entrance.
ANIMALS IN WILPATTU PARK
There are 22 national parks in Sri Lanka. If you want to see the most popular animals leopards and sloth bears there are just 2 left. Wilpattu and Yala National Park.
But there are also a lot of other animals, which are worth seeing it. Elephants, Deers. Also Crocodiles, Reptiles and many verities of birds are part of the wildlife.
VISITING THE PARK
The main entrance is at Hunuvilagama, about 40 km west of Anuradhapura. There’s a second entrance at Eluvankulam, on the west side of the park off the Puttalam-Mannar road.
The best time to visit the park can be visited all over the year but the best time is February to October.
Like most of the Sri Lankan National Parks you will visit it by Jeep.
|OPENING HOURS||6 AM to 6 PM|
Child (6-12 years old): $8
On top of that price, there is an $8 service charge and vehicle charge fee and 15% VAT.
WHERE TO STAY NEAR WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK
If you don’t visit Wilpattu in a daytrip you can book a hotel to start relaxed to your jeep safari. Here are 3 recommendations for different budgets.
- Luxury: THAMARAVILA WILPATTU – LUXURY TENTED SAFARI VILLAS
- Medium Price: BIG GAME CAMP
- Low Budget: GREEN SAPPHIRE HOLIDAY RESORT