- Wilpattu National Park -

Wilpattu National Park, as the name implies, is truly a land of lakes. Wilpattu translates as ' Lake District ' and owes its name to the unique saucer-shaped 'Villu' wetlands found randomly scattered throughout the park. The Wilpattu landscape is composed mainly of dry deciduous forests with thorny scrub jungle interpersed with extensive grassland. Sand and grassland rimmed water holes known as villus that are a unique feature of the park.

 

The Villus-

The  most unique and attractive feature of Wilpattu is the villu pool ringed by grassland. Water collects in natural circular depressions in the ground and these depressions with a very low gradient have no outlet or inlet.

 

Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) - Being the largest cat in Sri Lanka National Parks, leopards freely roam in the jungle and open areas of Wilpattu National Park in the daytime. They select open grasslands and sandy areas of Wilpattu to relax especially in the dawn and dusk hours providing a remarkable sight for the visitors.

 

Located in the northwest coast dry zone of Sri Lanka, Wilpattu National Park, which is 131,694 hectares in extent, is the largest national park in the island. It has been declared as a conservation area more than a century ago. Subsequent to the cessation of war and the dawn of peace much to the elation of wildlife enthusiasts, the park was reopened to the public in February, 2010.

 

This park is renowned for its leopard population and villus' (small lakes in depressions of the land, where surface run-off water collects). In the coastal strip of Wilpattu lies sizable villus, which are major feeding sites for a myriad of migrating water birds, primarily species of ducks.

 

The Wilpattu National Park  is reported to have an affluent assemblage of fauna and flora. The biodiversity of the park expands from bantam creatures to colossal elephants and docile deer, which enhances the ecological significance of this forest. This national park is of equal importance from an archaeological perspective. Evidence lead to believe that Thambapanni, the site where Vijaya first arrived in the island, is located within Wilpattu. Origins of the symbolic Sinhala culture in Kuveni, have also been found within the periphery of the park.

 

Wilpattu is archaeolgically important too. A large number of ancient ruins which date back to the times of Vijeya and Kuweni lies  ( Kuweni's Palace ) inside the Wilpattu Park.

 

The famous Kudiramalai Points depicting ( Horse Point ) is located in the western coast side of the park.

 

There are 40 villus within the park of which 27 are large. The largest villu Kokkariya lies some 250 meters above sea level.

 

Wilpattu is archaeolgically important too. A large number of ancient ruins which date back to the times of Vijeya and Kuweni lies  ( Kuweni's Palace ) inside the Wilpattu Park.

 

The Wilpattu National Park is the oldest and the largest National Park in Sri Lanka. It in steeped in history and covered with legend. The Mahavansa records that in 543 BC prince Vijaya landed at Thambapanni  which is believed to be Kudrimalai Point ( Horse Point ) and married Kuweni, who is said to have lived in Tammanna Nuwara.

 

Afterward  Sri  Lanka was known as Thambapanni. Traditional legends also indicate that Prince Saliya, son of King Dutugemunu, lived with Asokamala in Maradanmaduwa in Wilpattu over 2000 years ago. In 1905 the area was designated a sanctuary and in 1938 it was upgraded to the National Park satatus.

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- Camping at Wilpattu -

  • Camping tent with sleeping mattress and sheet
  • 03 meals BBQ with fresh Vegitables & Fruits
  • Lake Bath
  • Cooking session
  • Observe many birds on watch hut day- night
  • Half day Jeep Safari to Wilpattu Park
  • Park entrance fee + Taxes

 

US $ 256 two person per day

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