• Wilpaththu National Park

Wilpattu is a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts, especially those looking to catch sight of a leopard. This national park in Sri Lanka is filled with endemic birds, sloth bears, deer and elephants to mention a few.

The park gets its name as the thick jungle surrounding the park has a network of natural lakes or water basins that fill with rainwater, referred to as Willus. These basins are very popular with birds and important for the biodiversity. As a park it is larger than the Yala National Park. Wilpattu is about 30 km west of Anuradhapura.