Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park is located 26 km north of Puttalam(approximately 183 km north of Colombo) spanning from the northwest coast inland towards the ancient capital of Anuradhapura (50 km to the east of the park). Covering an impressive 425 sq miles, the park is Sri Lanka's largest, and having reopened in 2003 it is now an increasingly popular eco-tourism destination.

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Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.