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Wilpattu National Park

The oldest park in Sri Lanka, covering more than 131,000 hectares…

Wilpattu National Park consists of a complex of lakes called ‘villus’ which are surrounded by grassy plains and set within scrub jungle. Many of the `big game’ found in Sri Lanka including elephant, sloth bear, water buffalo, and spotted deer can be seen here, though the biggest attraction at Wilpattu is the Sri Lankan leopard. The park covers an area of 131,000 hectares and comprises varying habitats including coastal belt, natural lakes, clifftops, scrubland, open grasslands and dense forest. Wilpattu is among the oldest and most important protected areas in Sri Lanka and, being situated away from the common tourist routes, is a park which can be enjoyed in tranquil seclusion.