Wilpattu National Park, Saliyapura

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#2 of 13 in Wildlife in North Central Province
Witness the plethora of wildlife at Wilpattu National Park. Established in 1938, the park was closed in 2003 following security concerns, but has now re-opened 25 percent of its 131,693 hectares (325,420 acres) of land for exploration. You'll have the opportunity to see over 31 mammalian species--many of them categorized as threatened--in their natural habitat. Watch as crocodiles stalk the waters, and leopards roam the bush. Bring along your binoculars to get a closer look at the many examples of the rich avian life here, including wetland species like the white ibis and garganey, as well as the Sri Lanka junglefowl, painted stork, and many others. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Wilpattu National Park and many more Anuradhapura attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Anuradhapura online visit planner .
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  • Beautiful park, we have done a morning safari (5.30 you picked up at at about 12 h and back again). Unfortunately no elephants or leopards seen. A lot of other beautiful animals such as monkeys, deer, Buffalo, peacocks, one kind of Jackal and many species of birds. Beautiful park, beautiful nature. Approx. 40 minutes ' drive from Anuradhapura.
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  • Okay so I wanted to see the Wilpattu national park upon recommendation of a couple of friends. I didn’t have anyone to go with so had to solo it. And honestly had a very mixed experience. I quite enjo...  more »
  • An amazing park that has a range of animals. Unfortunately we did not see a leopard but the safari experience was still amazing.  more »
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  • A great place to experience nature in Sri Lanka. You could sight a lot of wildlife including leopard, elephants, sloth bear, monitor lizards, peacock, hornbills, eagles, bee eaters etc, but largely depends on LUCK and your guides. Full day safari is recommended. Always remember to carry enough water.
  • Well it's awesome. Beautiful lakes, lots of animals and sometimes if you are lucky you'll see a leopard. Most of the safari jeeps are really comfy as they are Toyota cabs. But remember if you like need to see leopard in one day visit it is your luck and weather and day you choose that matters. So don't get your hopes up but drivers and trackers will do their best to track down leopard for you. Remember it's not a zoo it's the wild where animals live free. So don't blame the drivers if you don't see any. Also follow any wildlife forum to get update on sighting so you can plan your visit when sightings are high.
  • Great place to experience wildlife. Great chance to see leopards and elephants, with little bit of luck ☺️
  • A big national park, Safaris are easily arranged and you have a good chance of seeing a big variety of animals and birds including the elusive leopard.
  • A really beautiful place to visit. The forest was so cool and gloomy.. there was so much to see. There was a wide variety of animals as well. Truly a wonderful place to go to
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