Wilpattu National Park, also called the ‘Land of Natural Lakes’ is based in the Northwest coast of Sri Lanka and located 30 km from Anuradhapura and 180 km from Colombo. The park is one of the largest in Sri Lanka (130, 000 hectares) and was declared a national park in 1938. Nearly sixty lakes and tanks are spread throughout its territory.
Wilpattu is renowned for its leopard and sloth bear population. However, 31 species of mammals have been identified and a diversified mix of wild life, such as (elephants, deer, wild boar) can be seen. Many wetlands species of birds can also be observed.
The rainy season is usually from September to December and the drought period from May to September.