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Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
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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. Use our Wilpattu National Park trip builder to visit Wilpattu National Park on your trip to Wilpattu National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is one of the best wildlife park in Sri Lanka and famous for leopards. Good for bird lovers and nature lovers. 
  • Beautiful nature reserve. You may have the chance to see elephants, leopards, bears, sloth, peacocks, martins fishermen, the ibis, iguanas or wild boars, deer and many others. End of day light is superb. However, if you do not have the chance to see all the animals, don't be disappointed and agree that animals are in their natural space and not herded into pens, they can move away from trails to take their NAP. Anyway, open your eyes, listen, and live a magical moment!
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  • Really a beautiful scenery. We then either leopard or elephant, but we had a great trip with a really good guide who just spotted the animals on the Strip. All worth the money! (5000 RS for rent by jeep, and approximately 3000 RS per man to enter)
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  • Oke, first of all: visit early in the morning. We started at 11:30 am and we had a nice trip. But when the sun is going to set the animal world is going to be alive. But the park close at 18:00pm so we have to leave the park. Anyway we have see al lot of animals. Including the Leopard (just his head) and almost a bear... It is really a safari and not a jungle trip. Just oke for the 4 ours we visit the NP.
  • Loved this trip to Wilpattu national park. Awesome place for wildlife enthusiastic people. Get to see Leopard, deers, elephants, crocodiles, lots of birds & other animals.
  • Loved the lakes and valleys. We have seen plenty of eagles, monkey, wild buffaloes, dears, a bear, elephants. No sign of jaguar though but still very happy
  • Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island 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. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. 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 not known.
  • Being a Sri lankan and a photo enthusiast i still havent been to this park(shame on me) Wilpatthu is know for its lakes also well kow for the famous srilankan leopard.