Wilpatu National Park

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sri-lanka-17This is a new wildlife destination for visitors to Sri Lanka which is home to significant populations of leopards, sloth bears.

In truth it isn’t really new but it had been shut during the Sri Lankan civil war ad has only recently re-opened. Obviously that has meant that it has been off the usual tourist trails so you won’t find that many people visiting it – yet! That will rapidly change so the advice is to see it as soon as possible.

Wilpatu is Sri Lanka’s oldest national park and easily it’s largest but it was closed for years due to the conflict in the north of Sri Lanka. However, the war is now over, the park has re-opened and it offers the most fabulous wildlife viewing for those looking for something new and exciting. For those looking for big game, there is an extensive leopard population (although in truth no-one really knows exactly how large this is as no census has been conducted since the end of the war), as well as significant numbers of the Sri Lankan sloth bear, herds of wild elephant, many varieties of deer, land monitors, crocodiles and wild pigs. Bird watchers stand a chance of seeing many different species including the painted stork, eagles, kites, buzzards, egrets and more. The park itself is a combination of thick forest and flood plain lakes that have white, sandy edges.

Wilpatu is located north of the international airport and the ancient city of Anuradhapura is nearby. The Lion’s Rock at Sigiriya and painted caves at Dambulla are only a few hour’s drive away. Accommodation options in the area are still quite limited so this is not a place to go if five star accommodation is your normal requirement!

In truth it isn’t really new but it had been shut during the Sri Lankan civil war ad has only recently re-opened. Obviously that has meant that it has been off the usual tourist trails so you won’t find that many people visiting it – yet! That will rapidly change so the advice is to see it as soon as possible.

Wilpatu is Sri Lanka’s oldest national park and easily it’s largest but it was closed for years due to the conflict in the north of Sri Lanka. However, the war is now over, the park has re-opened and it offers the most fabulous wildlife viewing for those looking for something new and exciting. For those looking for big game, there is an extensive leopard population (although in truth no-one really knows exactly how large this is as no census has been conducted since the end of the war), as well as significant numbers of the Sri Lankan sloth bear, herds of wild elephant, many varieties of deer, land monitors, crocodiles and wild pigs. Bird watchers stand a chance of seeing many different species including the painted stork, eagles, kites, buzzards, egrets and more. The park itself is a combination of thick forest and flood plain lakes that have white, sandy edges.

Wilpatu is located north of the international airport and the ancient city of Anuradhapura is nearby. The Lion’s Rock at Sigiriya and painted caves at Dambulla are only a few hour’s drive away. Accommodation options in the area are still quite limited so this is not a place to go if five star accommodation is your normal requirement!

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