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Wilpattu National Park Safari

Driving through Wilpattu National Park is like entering an enchanted animal kingdom. Marvel at the graceful elephants, relish the regal leopards or be charmed by the abundant colourful birdlife. Wilpattu may not be as well-known (or as crowded!) as other national parks in Sri Lanka, but the diversity of wildlife here will not disappoint.
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How do I get there?
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Wilpattu National Park is approx 3.5 to 4 hours' drive from Colombo. The best way to get there is hire a car and driver and drive from Colombo. Other options would require taking a train from Colombo to either Puttalam or Thambuttegama. From either train station, you can hail a taxi or tuk tuk to Wilpattu. This would take about 5 to 5.5 hours in total.
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Do I need to go with a guide?
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You cannot self-drive in Wilpattu National Park, so it's not possible to get your own vehicle to drive around Wilpattu National Park. You'll need to do the safari in a park- registered vehicle - this will usually be provided by the lodge that you book with, though you can also privately arrange a park-registered vehicle to take you around the park. Along with your park-registered safari vehicle, it is also recommended to take a naturalist that will be able to give you more information about the park and wildlife. Of the lodges listed here, only Leopard Trails will provide a naturalist guide for your safari.
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Do I need to train up?
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Nope. Just sit back and enjoy!
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What's the best time to go?
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The best months to visit are May, June, July, August, September
We recommend the above period because you would have:
  • Better chance to spot animals
  • Good weather
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Any tips for what to do in the area?
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If you have a few more days, you should extend your schedule in the Wilpattu area to watch dolphins, wakeboard or head a bit further out to visit Kalpitiya for kitesurfing.
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