Essential Travel Guide to Wilpattu, Sri Lanka – Exploring the Great Wilderness

7th Jun 2021

Sri Lanka is one of the best locations to go on safari in Asia. The island’s sprawling national parks guarantee this – and the biggest one you’ll find here in Wilpattu. A trip to this sprawling wilderness promises all kinds of excitement so here’s a quick look at what you need to know before you go.

Where is it

Wilpattu National Park is found in the northwestern part of the country It’s only 30 kilometres away from the ancient city of Anuradhapura, another favourite travel destination in Sri Lanka. Since the park isn’t too remote, you won’t have any trouble finding Wilpattu National Park hotels around the area to stay at. 

When to Go

While the park is open to visitors all year round, you should try and target the months between May and September. This is when the dry season hits the park which in turn means that the animals are more active as they continuously search for water.

The Landscape

The word “Wilpattu” means “Land of Lakes”. The Park gets this name from the numerous small lakes – which are called ‘villus’ – dotted across its extent. These act as hotspots for wildlife and often produce some great sightings.

The Wildlife

Being Sri Lanka’s largest national park, WIlpattu is home to some of the island’s most iconic denizens. Here you are likely to spot herds of elephants cooling off by the villus, stealthy leopards stalking the brush and all kinds of wading birds and waterfowls, just to name a few.