Wilpattu,one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu Nationalpark is located in approximately 180 km north of Colombo, 30 km west Anuradhapura and 26 km north of Puttalam.
Wilpattu National Park is situated in the dry zone, and is unlike any other wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. A unique complex of over 50 wetlands called â€œVilluâ€ is the most prominent topographical feature of the national park. â€˜Villuâ€™ are shallow natural lakes filled with rainwater surrounded by open grassy plains amidst the dense scrub jungle. The presence of these Villus with an abundance of water can best be explained in the weather patterns that prevail over the park: while the period of drought is only during the months of May to early September, the main rainy season is during September to December with the heavy downpours of north eastern monsoon; inter monsoon season visits the park March and April. Annual temperature in the Park is around 27.2 Celsius and its annual rainfall is approximately 1000 mm.