Wilpattu

History

Ancient history and settlement of Wilpattu Sri Lanka.

The Wilpattu National Park According to some identified ancient historical place, it is said that Queen Kuweni lived in the place now identified as Kalli Villu. Queen Kuweni is in essence the mother of the Sinhalese race as it is out of her marriage to Prince Vijaya (the first king of Sri Lanka) that its people were born. 

Historical evidence also points to the fact that Prince Saliya son of King Dutugemunu (161 to 137 BC) lived in Wilpattu over 2,000 years ago. Pomparippu, which borders the Park, is also of historical importance, as ancient places have been excavated at this site. Between the coastal villages of Palangaturai and Kollankanatte are the remains of an old harbour. Declared a Sanctuary in 1905, Wilpattu was upgraded to National Park status in 1938. It is now one of the oldest and most important protected areas in Sri Lanka.

Willpattu Ntional Park
Wilpattu National Park Deer
Wilpattu National Park sun set

Geography

Geography of Wilpattu Sri Lanka

Wilpattu National Park is located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. Which is near by 30 km west Anuradhapura and 26 km north of Puttalam approximately 150 km from CMB Bandaranaike International Airport. The park is 1,317 square kilometers (131, 693 hectares) and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly one hundred and six lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. The park is renowned for its leopard, Elephant, Lankan Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Buffalo, Sambar and Mongoose etc.

How to Reach Wlpattu Natioal Park by Bus

Generally, buses from Colombo and Anuradhapura starts and will take you to Wilpattu National park. If you journey from Colombo, it will take around five hour to reach Puttalam. 42 km along the A12 Puttalama- Anuradhapura highway is a large sign board that reads Willpattu National Park. 7km along the road that turns to the left at the sign board takes you to the entrance of the park at Hunuwilagama.  

How is the weather in wilpattu

The annual temperature is 27 degrees Celsius, although in the dry season temperatures can reach 36 Celsius during the hottest part of the day. Rains bring relief to the fauna and flora during the North east monsoon from November to January. inter-monsoonal rains occur in March or April. This period from October to April can be the best time of year to view elephants and migratory birds.   

12 Places to visit in Wilpattu & Around 2020

1.  Guided Safari Game Drives In Wilpattu.
2. Safari Camping In Wilpattu.
3. Jeep Safari at Wilpattu National Park 
4. virgin beaches
5. Margarita Village
6. Dolphin watch
7. Kalpitiya
8. Kalpitiya Diving Center
9. Surfpoint Srilanka Kite Village
10 . St. Anne’s Church
11. Kite Center
12. The Spot

 

Map of Wilpattu Sri Lanka

Willpattu Tours


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