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Frequently asked questions about Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu sanctuary was decalred as a National Park in 1938, Wilpattu National Park is located on the west coast close to the historical city of Anuradhapura .The dry zone jungle is thickly grown. Wilpattu Natonal Park is home for many villus, or natural lakes which dot the landscape in the Wilpattu National Park. Except for two, These lakes contain rainwater, thus are important for resident and migratory water-birds.

The history of the park is also of interest with ancient ruins having been discovered in Wilpattu National Park. Queen named “Kuweni” (considered to be the mother of the Sinhala race) is said to have lived in the place known as Kalli Villu. Historical evidence also shows the fact that Prince Saliya, son of King Dutugemunu lived in Wilpattu over 2,000 years ago. Below are some frequently asked questions about Wilpattu National Park

1. What is the best time to visit Wilpattu National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

You can visit the Wilpattu park all around the year but the best time to see wild animals abundantly is from May to September where is it dry season to the park . Because of the dry season more animals gather around the waterholes for drink. Late October to early January is the rainy season and the climate will be wet and rainy and some parts of the park will be inaccessible.

2. What is best time to see animals in Wilpattu National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

The best time to see animals is the dry season where lots of animals gather around waterholes. Which is from May to September and best time to see animals within a day is early in the morning and in the afternoon where animals gather around villus for drink. From May to September is where the hottest climate comes to Wilpattu National Park. During this time the temperature will be around 35 degree Celsius during the day and 28 degree Celsius during the night.

3. What to expect in a typical Safari tour in Wilpattu National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Normally you should wake up around 5:15 am in the morning and you will be having some light snacks and a hot cup of tea or coffee. The Safari jeeps will leave the premises around 5:50 am and at 6:00 am the National Park is opens for the guests and you will be seeing the park and the morning wildlife and wake up calls of the animals. The morning safari will end around 10:30 am and you will come back to the camp and have your lunch. Around 2:30 pm you will be leaving for the evening safari to witness the wild animals preparing for the evening. You will be leaving the park around 6:00 pm and call it a day.

4. Can a guest be 100% sure to see Leopards in Wilpattu National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

The straight answer will be “No” because any of the safari service providers are not capable of controlling movements of animals but if you are lucky you will be able to spot a leopard or two. Apart from that you can witness birds and elephants near waterholes. Most of the safari service providers are having years of experience about where animals territories are and they would try their best to witness you most of the wildlife in Wilpattu National Park.

5. The distance from Airport to Wilpattu National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

The distance between Bandaranayke International Airport to Wilpattu National Park entrance will be around 157km and it will take approximately 3 to 4 hours to visit the park from airport depending the road conditions and traffic. The road leads from Airport to Wilpattu National Park is a comfortable one.

6. How far is Wilpattu National Park from Anuradhapura?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Wilpattu national park is located at a distance of approximately 55kms from Anuradhapura. It is almost a drive of 1 hour.

7. Do the visitors have to share the safari jeep in Wilpattu National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Yes all the safari jeeps are in sharing basis and there can be maximum eight (08) guests for a single safari jeep. Other than that you can have your own vehicle for the safari by priory informing your safari service provider.

8. How many safaris that a person can have in Wilpattu National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

There are two main safaris that you can enjoy in Wilpattu National Park one in the morning which starts from 6:00 am to 10:30 am and evening safari from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm apart from that you can enjoy a full day safari stating from 6:00 am and finishes at 6:00 pm. you will be staying the whole day inside the Wilpattu National Park and you will be provided a picnic lunch during the middle of the day. This full day safari allows you to explore most of the Wilpattu National Park.

9. What should a guest bring during the safari in Wilpattu National Park?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

You should bring effective sunscreen, a hat and shades to avoid sunrays. Other than that you can bring a mosquito repellent. It will be good if you could wear some khaki color clothes during your safari and avoid wearing bright color clothes.

10. Wilpattu National Park vs Yala National Park which one is the best?

Jan 25, 2022 | by Krishan

Both Wilpattu National Park and Yala National Park are unique in their own way but Wilpattu has higher chance of spotting Leopards than the Yala National Park.

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