Day tour of Anuradhapura & Wilpattu National Park

(09N/10D)

Explore Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka’s biggest and most celebrated. The park is approximately 130,000 hectares in size and borders three cities (Mannar, Anuradhapura, and Puttalam). It also boasts enormous Sri Lankan coasts. The park emphasizes natural fresh water lakes known as ‘Villus,’ which serve as breeding areas for animals to drink and bathe. Wilpattu is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and may be reached through jeep safaris. The greatest time to visit the park is from February to October, however there is usually a throng. You will be driven on a jeep safari around Wilpattu National Park for a day trip to see Sri Lanka’s wild species such as elephants, jackals, sloth bears, leopards, and wild buffalos.

Locations covered

  • Anuradhapura – When you get in Anuradhapura early in the morning, you will first go to The Sacred Bo Tree, or Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, is the seedling of the Sacred Bodhi carried by Sanghamitta, daughter of Emperor Ashoka, from the main stem of the Bodhi Tree in India, beneath which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. This sapling was given to King Devanampia Tissa, who planted it ceremoniously at this location. Then you’ll go to the Lovamahapaya, or Brazen Palace, which is a nine-story palace framed with stone pillars created by King Dutugemunu. Because of its copper or bronze tiled roof, this monument was termed ‘Brazen Palace.’ The palace’s goal was to house 1000 monks and nuns.
  • Wilpattu National Park – Wilpattu Sanctuary was designated a National Park in 1938. It is located on the west coast, near to the historical city of Anuradhapura. The dry zone jungle is densely forested. Wilpattu National Park is home to several villus, or natural lakes that dot the terrain. These lakes, with the exception of two, contain rainwater and are consequently significant for both resident and migratory waterbirds. Wilpattu National Park’s past is also interesting, with ancient ruins uncovered there. A queen named “Kuweni” (regarded as the mother of the Sinhala people) is claimed to have resided at Kalli Villu. Historical evidence also indicates that Prince Saliya, King Dutugemunu’s son, survived in Wilpattu about 2,000 years ago.

Inclusions

  • Transport to Anuradhapura / Wilpattu from Colombo and back
  • Lunch on tour
  • Entrance Fees: Anuradhapura & Wilpattu National Park
  • Jeep Hire at Wilpatthu National Park

Exclusions

  • Anything that is not mentioned above

Transport section

  • Fine Care Tours to provide a taxi service.
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