Wilpattu national park

Wilpattu National Park

It is Sri Lanka’s largest and oldest national park, and the name comes from its many ‘villus’ or natural lakes. The park extends over 1317 sq km. Wilpattu is in the North Central Province of the country and is close to the heritage city of Anuradhapura. And, if you want to know how to get to Wilpattu National Park from Anuradhapura, it is only 30km west of the city. Hunuwilgama is the main entrance to the park. It is one of the best places to see the leopard, elephant, and the sloth bear. Saltgrass meadows and dense monsoon jungles cover the area, while distinctive red earth covers the ground. Wilpattu National Park safari jeep is the best way to cover the extensive grounds.

Hidden Gems

  • Luxury safari camping at Wilpattu National Parks is an experience you should not miss.
  • Wilpattu has a high density of leopard populations you can spot on less-crowded safaris.
  • The nearby Anuradhapura UNESCO city is a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist monuments.

Best Times to Visit

Ella is a year-round destination. September to December is the rainy season.


Wilpattu National Park WEATHER

Top Attractions

Sinharaja Rainforest


There are approximately 31 mammals in the park, including the leopard, elephant, sloth bear, barking deer, spotted deer, water buffalo, and wild boar.

Gray Hornbill


Wilpattu is a sanctuary for birds with the lakes sustaining them in abundance. It hosts a large variety of wetland bird species, endemic birds, and birds of prey.



Dry zone tree species such as Palu, Weera, Milla, Wewarna, Satin, and Ebony are common in the park, while almost extinct in other parts of the island.

Green Pit Viper

Reptiles and Amphibians

You can see the Monitor Lizard, Mugger Crocodile, Common Cobra, Rat Snake, Indian Python, Pond Turtle, and the Soft Shelled Turtle here.

palace of kuweni

Palace of Kuveni

When Prince Vijaya landed in Sri Lanka, he found Kuveni, queen of Yaksha tribe spinning cotton. Her palace ruins are visible inside Wilpattu.

Thanthirimale Rajamaha Vihare

Thanthirimale Rajamaha Vihare

This ancient 3rd BC Century temple once gave protection for a night to the Sri Maha Bodhi, which arrived from India. The area contains many ruins.

Where to Shop in Wilpattu National Park

The nearest city Anuradhapura is the place to go if you are looking to buy cultural handicraft items. You can also find fresh local fruit, vegetable, and herbal products in the city.

Where to Eat in Wilpattu National Park

You can look forward to gourmet cuisine when you choose a luxury camping providers in Wilpattu.

  • Mahoora
  • Leopard Trails
  • Big Game Camp

Top Accommodations

Explore where you enjoy a comfortable stay during your explorations.

Leopard Trails

Leopard Trails

Fill your heart and soul with good drink and good company while you bear witness to Mother Nature’s masterpiece – the jungle orchestra!
Yet while you enjoy the luxurious air-conditioned canvas tents, the curated local dining experience and the authentic ambiance of a tented camp, what truly sets Leopard Trails apart is our team of internationally qualified and locally experienced safari guides; a team that is often described by returning guests as the best in the business.
Thamara Villa Wilpattu

Thamara Villa Wilpattu

Thamaravila Wilpattu offers a vivid game lodge experience by located adjacent to the renowned Wilpattu National Park in Sri Lanka. Sprawled across a 9-acre property surrounded by abundant wildlife in Wilpattu, it provides secluded getaway coupled with superior comfort,gastronomic delights and an immense wildlife experience.
Jasper Leopard Wilpattu

Jasper Leopard Wilpattu

Jasper Leopard is cosy little bungalow located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka known as Wilpattu. It is the ideal location for nature and wildlife lovers ! the bungalow is surrounded with a natural habitat which is home to many exotic birds. The Leopard Jasper Stone in particular is said to assist in self-healing and spiritual discovery.