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, Wilpattu is Sri Lanka 's largest, and having reopened in 2003 it is now an increasingly popular eco-tourism destination.
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.
Wilpattu is situated in the North-Western province of Sri Lanka bordering the Indian Ocean on the west. There is only one entrance to the park at present (6th April 2011) that is from Nochchiyagama. If you are coming from Colombo the best route is Colombo – Puttlam road and from there Puttlam - Anuradhapura Road where you will see the turn off to the park on the left hand side of the road at Wilpattu Junction when you pass 43kms from Puttlam. The road is newly done and carpeted up to this point. From Wilpattu Junction to the park entrance it is exactly 7.7kms.
The Wilpattu National Park is huge compared to Yala National Park and it is a thick Jungle consists of network of small to large lakes called “Willus”. These lakes are important bio diversity hotspots frequented by many varieties of birds.
A 2 nights Safari Camping in Wilpattu will give you the best possible possibilities if experience the wilderness it has to offer. 1 night and 3 nights Safari Camping packages also available.