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Located in northwest Sri Lanka, Wilpattu was designated a national park in 1938. It is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife as well as ancient ruins of significant importance.

Sri Lanka boasts an incredible biodiversity of wildlife both topside and in its surrounding waters. Wilpattu is located in the ‘dry zone’ of the country but its flora remains relatively green throughout the year due to the extensive complex of ‘villu’, a unique feature of shallow natural lakes, which help sustain the wildlife found here in Sri Lanka’s largest national park.

The park is home to over 30 species of mammal, countless species of wetland bird, numerous reptiles and an ever present flora. Most famous for its leopard and Sri Lankan sloth bear sightings, you can also expect to see spotted deer, Asian elephant, mugger crocodiles, Indian python and soft shelled turtles to name some of the highlights.

The park is open throughout the year and the optimum time to visit is between February and October.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Leopard, Sri Lankan sloth bear, spotted deer, purple heron, mugger crocodile

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Discover Maldives & Sri Lanka

Designed to ensure a captivating mix of underwater highlights and enchanting topside experiences, discover the Maldives and Sri Lanka on a twin-centre holiday like no other, available throughout the year.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,625 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Forest Rock Garden Resort

Located near Wilpattu National Park in the north central province of Sri Lanka, this boutique property is surrounded by natural wilderness, offering a tranquil environment and an experience like no other.