Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu) Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. The park is located 30 km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. The Leopard population in Wilpattu is still not yet known. Apart from Sri Lankan Leopard Wilpattu is one of the best places to spot the Sloth Bear.

The Mahavansa records that in 543 BC Prince Vijaya landed at kudiramalai Point (Horse Point), married Kuweni and founded the Sinhala nation. In 1905 the area was designated a sanctuary and in 1938 it was upgraded to the National Park status.

The Annual Rainfall is about 1000mm and the annual temperature is about 27.2 degrees. Inter-monsoonal rains in March and the northeast monsoon (December to February) are the main sources of rain fall.

41 species of Mammals (4 endemic) have been identified within Wilpattu national park. Mammals that are identified as threatened species living within the Wilpattu National Park are the Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus), Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus), Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) and Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Sambhur Deer, Spotted Deer, Mongoose, mouse and shrew are more of Wilpattu's residents.

Wilpattu is home to 149 Bird species including 4 endemic species. The painted stork, the open bill, little cormorant, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl (Gallus lafayetii) along with many species of owls, terns, gulls, eagles, kites buzzards are to be found at Wilpattu National Park. Wetland bird species that can be seen in Wilpattu are the Garganey (Anas querquedula), Pin tail (Anas acuta), Whistling teal (Dendrocygna javanica), Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), White ibis (Threskiornis malanocephalus), Great egret (Egretta alba modesta), Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) and Purple heron (Ardea purpurea)

Best season

  • Anytime of the year

Key factors

  • General guided safaris, birding tours and mammal tours can be arranged according to your preference.

What we offer

  • Qualified and experienced naturalist
  • Binoculars, guide books & check lists
  • Refreshments and pack lunch (Pack lunch for full day safari)