Wilpattu national park is one of the 2 best leopard spotting destinations in the world.
Amazing place for wildlife lovers as hotel is full of wildlife. Included with our incredible safari ride, in which we saw 3 leopards and a sloth bear, we saw 71 species of animals in total at a two night stay in Wilpattu.
The rooms are very reasonably priced for the amount of food given and the rooms size and comfort ability. The staff are nice and the manager is extremely informative and friendly. They gave toast instead of the regular buffet for my father who was sick.
For people who have a special interest in birds there is a bunt you can walk along which is less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel. It is safe as it is surrounded by an electric fence and is 5 minutes walk from the entrance.
The experience was the best ever trip I have had.
Best place this area can offer!We were staying two nights. Staff was very nice especially the young lady and gentleman. The lady talked to us long time and told us things about the place and stuff. We staid at the tree bed room which had a balcony. We saw an elephant from there. It was nice! The bathroom was very nice and clean. Quite amazing in the middle of a jungle.
The room was spacious and had a comfortable bed. Be aware that frogs come at evening because of the AC. But there were only a few. Nice little friends :) At night you can hear the voices of jungle. Dogs bark to elephants.
Food was okay and big breakfast. They also gave us breakfast and lunch with us to the safari. Go to the safari at 6am! We saw all the most interesting animals in two hours! (A leopard, a bear, an elephant, a crocodile...)
The place altogether is very relaxing. Only minus is that there were no blankets :( only a sheet served as a blanket. A light blanket would be nice because with the AC it becomes cold but without AC is too hot.
Our initial enquiries were dealt with swiftly and courteously, in a trademark Sri Lankan manner.On booking, the management heard that I was bringing my kid along to show her Sri Lanka, and within minutes were recommended that she stays in the Treehouse as a free upgrade - typical Sri Lankan generosity and kindness towards children.
When we got there, the tree house was amazing, it was about 3 stories tall. We got the top floor built right into the trees. It had a lovely balcony where you could sit down and look all the mammals and birds that make the treetops their home - right in their beady little eyes!
There were giant Squirrels, Chipmunks, Monkeys, a several species of birds which I was pretty illiterate about (definitely some stunning Golden Orioles) at that level. There were lots of waterbirds and Peacocks on the ground level as the place overlooks a Paddy field that was left disused(drought).
The Treehouse is within about 100 metres of the Wilpattu Park itself. At night, elephants sneak out of the park and across the paddy field on their way to food sources outside the park, they "sneak" right by this place, they are incredibly quiet by the resident dogs will let you know when they are around.
The rooms are equipped with very comfortable beds, with an effective air conditioner. There are also mosquito nets present. The shower has a water heater if you need it and was clean and well supplied.
There was tea/coffee facilcities in the room too.
We went during the Sinhala New Year, and the place had lower numbers of staff than they would normally have apparently. I personally did not find anything wanting, The manager was hands on (Manoj) and seemed capable of dropping into any needed position in the place. The staff to a person were absolutely lovely in their care and contact towards my little girl. Being the little townie (UK speak for being a little City Rat!) was absolutely at sea in the wild surroundings, she did not cope well with the spices in the delicious Sri Lankan food presented, so they produced incredibly mild and gentle Western food for her to tuck into.
It is a great place to get into the National Park, from. Being only a few meters away. Afterwards, you could take an afternoon walk along the Bund (dam) of the lake which forms one of the limits of the park. You will see deer, lots of birds (e.g storks, Paradise Flycatchers, Darts and Eagles) that visit the place. You will also find the places where the elephants have waded across to get out at night. There are electric fences along the Bund - just be warned, they dont look like the stuff that keeps cows out, (think more like something out of Jurassic park).
Would I attend again? DAMN RIGHT
Thank You for an amazing time, WILPATTU TREE HOUSE.
The Tree House is a great place to stay if you're visiting Wilpattu National Park. The Tree House is practically in the park and just steps away from the main entrance. We stayed on the top floor with the tree coming through our room. The room had two beds- one was a loft, a standard bathroom, mini fridge, kettle, water, etc. to make our stay comfortable. The room also had a great balcony for morning coffee and bird watching. We spotted lots of birds, including hornbills at the Tree House and tons of animals in the park. Staff are incredibly nice and accommodating and the food at the hotel restaurant was amazing.
We stayed in leisure bungalow and the rooms were terrible. TV was not working, even though there was a geezer no hot water, initially the AC was not working after several reminders it was restored. Main door locks broken and there were no curtains. Not worthy for money.
Horrible experience ever had.