Wilpattu National Park - Things to Know Before Visiting
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About Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu National Park is located 26 km north of Puttalam. With an area of 131,693 hectares Wilpattu National Park is the largest and oldest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. The park features more than 50 wetlands, 31 species of mammals, and countless species of birds.
Attractions Near Wilpattu National Park
Abhayagiri Vihāra was a primary religious site in Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhism located in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka and it is one of the most extensive ruins in the world. It is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage cities in the country.
It is also known as St Peter's Kerk, located between the Dutch fort and the village of Kalpitiya. The church was built in 1706 by the Dutch and is a smaller version of the church in Matara fort. It is one of the earliest protestant churches in the country.
It is also known as Puravidu Bhavana, one of the archaeological museums in North Central Province. The museum was established in 1947 under the prime effort of Dr. Senarath Paranavithana. It is one of the oldest museums.
Mannar Island located in the Northern province in Sri Lanka, the island is best known for the sunny weather, palm trees, and the and large areas of white sands. It is recommended to visit the island between July and September.
Hurulu Forest Reserve of Sri Lanka designated in January 1977 as a biosphere reserve. The forest reserve is an essential habitat of the Sri Lankan elephant. Hurulu forest reserve represents Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests. Carved out at the Hurulu Forest Reserve edge is the Hurulu Eco Park, which offers jeep safaris.
It is a national park located 197 km away from Colombo city. In April 2002, it was designated as a national park to become the 15th such in the country. Historically it was one of the 16 irrigation tanks built by King Mahasen and was reconstructed in 1959, now attracting and supporting a variety of plant and animal life, including large mammals, fish and reptiles.
Where is Wilpattu National Park
Discover More Attractions in Northern Province, Where Wilpattu National Park Is Located
The northern province lies close to India, 35km away. It has an area of 8,884 km2, the capital of the province is Jaffna city, the population of the province is 1,058,762. Most of the population are from the Tamil ethnicity. Jaffna city is the cultural city of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.