Two weeks back me and my friends went to Wilpattu National Park.It is located 30km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo)Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population.
we couldn't find any luxury type accommodation in that area.we booked Panwila safari bungalow and two jeeps.13 people are included to our trip.people at Panwila Safari accommodation is more than enough that what we expected.people,food are nice and they treat us friendly way.we took 02 four wheel safari jeep with Jungle tracker.wild safari was suppose to started at 5.45 A.M.we were bit late and we started at 6.15A.M.There for we miss so many animals.because most of the animals are visible with the dawn. Even though We were amazed and thrilled by all of the wildlife we saw.we saw elephants, spotted and Elk, buffalo, many jackals, wild boar, crocodiles, deer and numerous species of birds.our breakfast and Lunch we had inside the park.and we had nice bath at the river before lunch.it was very trill playing with water.around 6.30 p.m we came out the Jungle. Here are some information about Wilpattu.Hope every body enjoyed well.
The Mahavansa records that in 543 BC Prince Vijaya landed at Kudrimalai Point (Horse Point), married Kuweni and founded the Sinhalese race. In 1905 the area was designated a sanctuary and in 1938 it was upgraded to the National Park status.
The Annual Rainfall is about 1000mm and the annual temperature is about 27.2 degrees. Inter-monsoonal rains in March and the northeast monsoon (December – February) are the main sources of rainfall.
There are many types of vegetation to be found in Wilpattu; Littoral vegetation, including Salt grass and low scrub monsoon forest with tall emergents, such as Palu (Manilkara hexandra), and Satin (Chloroxylon swietenia), Milla (Vitex altissima), Weera (Drypetes sepiaria), Ebony (Disopyros ebenum) and Wewarna (Alseodaphne semecapriflolia).
31 species of mammals have been identified within Wilpattu national park. Mammals that are identified as threatened species living within the Wilpattu National Park are the elephant (Elephas maximus), Sloth bear (Melursus ursinus), leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) and water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Sambhur, spotted deer, mongoose, mouse and shrew are more of Wilpattu's residents.
The painted stork, the open bill, little cormorant, along with many species of owls, terns, gulls, eagles, kites buzzards are to be found at Wilpattu National Park. Wetland bird species that can be senn in Wilpattu are the Garganey (Anas querquedula), Pin tail (Anas acuta), Whistling teal (Dendrocygna javanica), Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), White ibis (Threskiornis malanocephalus), Large white egret (Egretta alba modesta), Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) and Purple heron (Ardea purpurea).
The most common reptiles found in the park are the Monitor Lizard (Varanus bengalensis), Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris), Common cobra (Naja naja), Rat snake (Ptyas mucosus), Indian python (Python molurus), Pond turtle (Melanonchelys trijuga) and the Soft shelled turtle (Lissemys punctata) who are resident in the large permanent Villus.
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