Driving through Wilpattu National Park is like entering an enchanted animal kingdom. Marvel at the graceful elephants, relish the regal leopards or be charmed by the abundant colourful birdlife. Wilpattu may not be as well-known (or as crowded!) as other national parks in Sri Lanka, but the diversity of wildlife here will not disappoint.
After months of lockdown in Sri Lanka, operations in the country have resumed under strict health guidelines that visitors must follow. Domestic travellers and ex-pats living in Sri Lanka are currently allowed to visit Wilpattu National Park.
Vehicle numbers entering parks have been restricted to half to prevent overcrowding of popular wilderness areas, and e-ticketing has been introduced to reduce physical contact.
In accordance with COVID-19 health guidelines, visitors are allowed into the national park only after their body temperature is checked at the entrance and they provide their personal contact details. Only five visitors are allowed in one safari jeep.
Sri Lanka is expecting to open borders to international travellers from August 1, 2020. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates if the opening date were to change.