• Wilpattu National Park
  • Wilpattu National Park
  • Wilpattu National Park
  • Wilpattu National Park
  • Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu jeep safaris



Covering an area of over 130,000 hectares, Wilpattu is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park has got its name from the tens of floodplain lakes, called 'villus' in Sinhala, and has an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna.

It is home to over 30 mammal species, including leopard, sloth bear, Sri Lankan elephant and spotted deer. Also, various wetland bird species such as the pin tail, whistling teal spoonbill, and white ibis can be found in the serene landscapes Wilpattu.

Originally, Wilpattu was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1905 and designated a National Park in 1938. Before the Civil War, it was one of the most popular parks in Sri Lanka, but in 1985 it was shut down following an attack on its wardens by LTTE cadres. The park was reopened in 2010 and started welcoming visitors again.

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Best time to visit Wilpattu National park 

Situated in the dry zone, the average temperature in Wilpattu National Park is around 27 Celsius and the mean annual rainfall is approximately 1000 mm. However, the park with its dense forests and glimmering little lakes, feels all but dry. This is due to rainfall patterns and the 2 monsoons this region receives. The rainiest time of the year is from September to December the north-eastern monsoon falls on Wilpattu, and the inter-monsoon season is between March and April. The period of drought extends from May to early September.


Vegetation in  Wilpattu

Special feature of Wilpattu National Park is the shallow lakes, rainwater filled lakes called villus. More than 40 villus, ranging from about 2 to 400 hectares, are scattered around the park, the largest being the Periya Vila.

In Wilpattu, there are three types of vegetation: Littoral vegetation, including salt grass and low scrub immediately adjacent to the beach, and monsoon forest with tall emergents, such as palu (Manilkara hexandra), and satin (Chloroxylon swietenia), milla (Vitex altissima), weera (Drypetes sepiaria), ebony (Disopyros ebenum) and wewarna (Alseodaphne semecapriflolia).



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Wildlife in Wilpattu National Park 

Wilpattu has an exceptional diversity and density of animals and birds you can discover. It is home to 31 species of mammals including the Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus), sloth bear (Melursus ursinus), leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) and water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis).

Reptiles, such as rat snakes, Indian python, common cobra, mugger crocodile, pond turtle and soft shelled turtle, can be spotted here also, as well as various species of birds, including garganey (Anas querquedula), pin tail (Anas acuta), whistling teal (Dendrocygna javanica), spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), white ibis (Threskiornis malanocephalus), large white egret (Egretta alba modesta), cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) and purple heron (Ardea purpurea).



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Safaris in Wilpattu National Park 

There are 3 Wilpattu safari options available for you to choose from 

1.   Morning Wilpattu Safari (6.00am)

2.   Afternoon Wilpattu Safari (2.30pm)

3.   Full day Wilpattu Safari ( starts at 6.00am )

Safaris organized by us would take place with an experienced guide in specially modified comfortable jeeps for a unique wilpattu safari experience. The tour could be more customized for guests for their preferences (Family safari, honeymoon safari, photography safari etc.).



If you stay in any of our Glamping Sites ; Mahoora Tented Safari Camp - Wilpattu or Big Game Tented Safari Camp - Wilpattu the time to reach the park entrance will be around 5 to 8 minutes , and the wilpattu safari will be organized by them professionally. 

A day visitor can get the best direct rates for a half day or full day wilpattu safari through our Day Tours division. 


Accommodation & Safaris in Wilpattu National Park

We own and operate 2 wilapttu accommodations ; Mahoora Tented Safari Camp - Wilpattu Big Game Tented Safari Camp - Wilpattu providing elite as well as modest accommodation for our guests. You can book these wilpattu accommodations directly , for the best rates , through their  official sites by clicking the tabs below.

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Office Address : 20/63, Fairfield Garden, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka


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