Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 9, 2013 8:41 AM Last Post By: steve_l
Apr 5, 2013 9:55 AM
Wilpattu accommodationHi there,
Heading up to Kalpitiya this weekend and thinking of visiting Wilpattu National Park. Anyone know of any good mid-range places to stay near the park? Everywhere I've found so far has looked very basic with bad reviews.
Any comments about accessing the park, recommendations of jeep drivers and info about accommodation north of Puttalam and things to see in the area would be useful too.
Thanks in advance!
Apr 5, 2013 10:10 AM
Sorry I can't help with the Park or accommodation. I did go past it a couple of times a few years back but then it was being used by two opposing armies who were in there playing hide and seek with each other. I was told at the time that , if it was edible, then it had been shot by either the army or the LTTE.
I have heard since then, that the wildlife has recovered well, so good luck.
One place that I did visit near there and really enjoyed is Hatthikucchi
A beautiful, peaceful place with lots of history but rarely visited by tourists. From memory, I think there was no entry fee either. Just a small donation box .
I can't describe exactly how to get there as we were guided by a local guy but it's just inland from the park area.
Worth you reading the info page and seeing what you think.
Apr 5, 2013 10:52 AM
Apr 5, 2013 11:48 AM
3Afraid I'm no help to you on that one.. Like you, I've been through there plenty of times , and also like you I've looked around at the rocks and countryside that we've passed but never made the effort to stop there and explore.
While I'm on here, when you read through the info on the link I sent, there's several references to a " pheasant ".. as in, " the king offered his head to a pheasant..
For pheasant,, read " Peasant ".. although I quite like it as it's written.
When I first answered your post earlier, I justn sort of assumed that you'd have visited another place which will be on your route if you're travelling up the coast from Colombo or from Negombo.
Thats the big Hindu Kovil at Chilaw. When we stopped off there we were made very welcome by the locals and shown around with no suggestion of even a tip .
You may heave already been there but if not, it's en-route and worth seeing.
Apr 9, 2013 8:41 AM
4I visited Wilpattu about 3 weeks ago, as a day trip from Anuradhapura. It was only about 1 hour's drive but you know that already, I'm sure !
We paid 14,000 Rs for a jeep (open at the back for better visibility) and driver for the 2 of us - arranged by the hotel (Tissewewa Grand). Not cheap but we spent several hours touring the park - and we did see an adult male leopard which was brilliant.
The entry fee (5800 Rs) was separate and included a tracker (park employee) who,in spite of only having one good eye, was quick to spot things and very helpful.
Most of the time we didn't see any other jeeps so i found it a big improvement on Yala.
Saw an elephant,crocodile,spotted deer,peacocks, a crested serpent eagle,lots of other birds and literally thousands of butterflies so it was a great day all round.
Enjoy your trip if you do go up there.
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