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Wilpattu National Park Safari

North Central Province, Sri Lanka
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Note: Wilpattu National Park Safari is closed from 15 March 2020 to 7 April 2020
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Choose from hand-picked local businesses. Price may depend on group size.
Half-Day Private Safari (with Experienced Guide)
PRIVATE TRIP

Half-Day Private Safari (with Experienced Guide)

Less than 1 day Max: 10 guests
Megha Safari

Megha Safari

5.0 (2)
9 years experience
From US$ 65.77
4 Hour Safari w/ Professional Naturalist
PRIVATE TRIP

4 Hour Safari w/ Professional Naturalist

Less than 1 day Max: 6 guests
Appe Kale

Appe Kale

5.0 (2)
5 years experience
From US$ 81.14
1-Day Safari
PRIVATE TRIP

1-Day Safari

1 day Max: 12 guests
Punsisi Jeep Service

Punsisi Jeep Service

11 years experience
From US$ 81.96
Half Day Safari w/ Driver and Stay
JOIN-IN TRIP

Half Day Safari w/ Driver and Stay

2 days 1 night Max: 12 guests
Wilpattu Nature Resort

Wilpattu Nature Resort

4.5 (50)
7 years experience
From US$ 87.02
Private Jeep Safari (Morning or Afternoon)
PRIVATE TRIP

Private Jeep Safari (Morning or Afternoon)

Less than 1 day Max: 12 guests
LL

Lakpura LLC

4.5 (4)
12 years experience
From US$ 96.13
1-Day Private Safari (with Experienced Guide)
PRIVATE TRIP

1-Day Private Safari (with Experienced Guide)

1 day Max: 10 guests
Megha Safari

Megha Safari

5.0 (2)
9 years experience
From US$ 101.19
Full Day Safari w/ Driver and Stay
JOIN-IN TRIP

Full Day Safari w/ Driver and Stay

2 days 1 night Max: 12 guests
Wilpattu Nature Resort

Wilpattu Nature Resort

4.5 (50)
7 years experience
From US$ 110.29
Full-day Safari w/ Professional Naturalist
PRIVATE TRIP

Full-day Safari w/ Professional Naturalist

1 day Max: 6 guests
Appe Kale

Appe Kale

5.0 (2)
5 years experience
From US$ 129.84
Full day Jeep Safari
PRIVATE TRIP

Full day Jeep Safari

Less than 1 day Max: 12 guests
LL

Lakpura LLC

4.5 (4)
12 years experience
From US$ 133.57
1D1N Safari & Stay (1 Game Drive)
JOIN-IN TRIP

1D1N Safari & Stay (1 Game Drive)

1 day 1 night Max: 6 guests
WT

Wilpattu Treehouse

4.0 (60)
5 years experience
From US$ 136.61
2D1N Safari and Eco-Lodge Stay (1 Game Drive)
JOIN-IN TRIP

2D1N Safari and Eco-Lodge Stay (1 Game Drive)

2 days 1 night Max: 6 guests
Backwaters Lodge

Backwaters Lodge

4.9 (29)
2 years experience
From US$ 142.68
2D1N Safari & Eco-lodge Stay (2 Game Drives)
JOIN-IN TRIP

2D1N Safari & Eco-lodge Stay (2 Game Drives)

2 days 1 night Max: 6 guests
Backwaters Lodge

Backwaters Lodge

4.9 (29)
2 years experience
From US$ 172.02
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What you should know

How do I get there?

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.

Do I need to go with a guide?

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.

Do I need to train up?

Nope. Just sit back and enjoy!

What's the best time to go?
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
How much time do I need?

You'll need 1.5 days at least (including transport from Colombo). In order to experience the best of the park, we would recommend the option with the 2 game drives - this will allow you the most time to see the animals in the park.

What's the difference between the options?

All the options include one night's stay and a safari drive or two. The main difference between the options is the quality of the accommodation, so pick the one that suits your budget and your preferences the best.

As you can probably see from the price, Leopard Trails is the most luxurious option and includes food, drinks and park fees, unlike the other options. Also in addition to the safari driver, Leopard Trails will also provide a naturalist guide, who can better explain the wildlife and the park to you. The other options are very comfortable, but a little more basic.

Any tips for what to do in the area?

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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