Wilpattu National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest wildlife parks and one of the most important protected areas in the island. With its 1317 square kilometres of surface, the Wilpattu is the largest national park in Sri Lanka.
Wilpattu’s varying natural habitats – coastal belt, natural lakes (villus), cliff tops, scrublands, open grasslands and dense forest – provide a home for numerous species of animals, including many of the `big game’ found in Sri Lanka such as Leopard, Elephants, Sloth Bear, Water Buffalo, Spotted Deer and Crocodiles. The Wilpattu will particularly appeal to birdwatchers, with a large number of dry, aquatic and even coastal forest birds.
It is possible to visit the park all year round. The best time to visit Wilpattu is from February to October, is the prime time.
The Wilpattu National park is home to over 30 species of mammals which popularly include a large population of Sri Lankan Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambur, Monkey and Buffalo, many rare species of endemic and migratory birds, Reptile and Amphibians. There is also a wide range of birdlife, reptiles and much more.
The prime time for visits is February to October.
The park’s average temperature is 27 degrees centigrade; annual rainfall is 1000mm
Ideally, you should spend at least 2 nights in Wilpattu to get the best, This would give you an opportunity to visit some of the less frequently visited sections of the park away from the normal tracks which we like to do.
Whisper at sightings, a loud human voice may disturb animals and cause them to charge their behavior and movements Be conscious of wrappers and other litter flying out of your vehicle Always keep children under strict supervision and never allowed to wonder away Never feed the animals and always keeps a safe distance from them