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Wilpattu National Park

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Sri Lanka's largest national park, and the least-known. Famous for leopards and birdlife
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It was a nice stay because we got a upgrade to the treehouse

Wilpattu Overnight Stay & Safari
These are full-board safaris, that include accommodation, meals & game drives

4.0 (58)
|Up to 6 guests
It was a nice stay because we got a upgrade to the treehouse

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It was a nice stay because we got a upgrade to the treehouse. Strangely enough we had yo pay for the lunch during the safari, in the program it was included. The drive was 12 hours, which is too long, so we shortend it.
Frederik de Jong

Helpful Questions

Should I visit Wilpattu or Yala National Park?
We prefer Wilpattu as it's much less crowded than Yala even though it's larger than Yala, so it feels a lot more off-the-beaten-path. However most visitors do prefer Yala because it's smaller, with a greater concentration of wildlife and it's also easier to get to. In terms of wildlife sighting, there are as many leopards in Wilpattu as there are in Yala, though there are fewer elephants in Wilpattu than Yala. So it depends on what you're looking for - if you're looking for an adventure, head to Wilpattu. If you just want to maximise your chance of seeing wildlife and you don't mind the crowds, head to Yala.
What is the best time of year to visit Wilpattu National Park?
The best time to visit Wilpattu National Park is from February to October, during the dry season when animals come out to water sources. During the rainy season (November to January), the park is often closed due to heavy rain and flooding.
What animals can be seen in Wilpattu National Park?
Wilpattu National Park is the largest national park in Sri Lanka, and is best known for its population of leopards, which can be difficult to spot, but with the help of an experienced guide, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one. Other than leopards, it is also home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, sloth bears, deer, wild boar, water buffalo, crocodiles, and various bird species. Do note though that because of the size of the national park, you may have less concentration of wildlife in any given area (so they may be slightly harder to spot).
Where are the most popular activities for Wilpattu National Park?
The popular activities for Wilpattu National Park are:
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