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|Year and Month||February, 2013 (21st and 22nd )|
|Number of Days||02 days|
|Crew||12 (between 01-40 years of age)|
|Accommodation||Leopard den hotel – Near Wilpattu junction on Anuradhapura Puttalam road|
|Transport||Van and Safari Jeep|
|Weather||Excellent – Bright and Sunny through out|
|Route||Gampaha -> Negombo -> Puttalam -> Wilpattu and return on the same route.|
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As I had never been to this beautiful and largest national park I was dreaming of this trip for a long period. It became a reality when few of my friends who were working with me decided to do this trip with our family members.
We decided to do this trip in two days and planned to stay the first day night in a small hotel near Wilpattu junction and to start the safari following day early morning. So on first day we started our journey from Gampaha at around 2 p.m. and reached Puttalam at about 5 p.m. where we stopped near the lagoon for a break.
Then we started our journey again along Puttalam-Anuradhapura road and again stopped at Thabbowa tank to see the beautiful sceneries of sun set near Thabbowa.
Then we again headed towards our accommodation on that night, Leopard den hotel which is situated near Wilpattu junction on Puttalam Anuradhapura road. It was a guest house with good clean rooms with air conditioning and clean attached bathrooms. Their food was really good and rates were also reasonable. They have a very good safari jeep also, which we hired for our safari on following day.
Following day morning they prepared our breakfast and lunch and packed them and most importantly handed them over in time so that we were able to start our safari early in the morning at around 5.30 a.m.
When we travelled to entrance of the Wilpattu national park by the safari jeep the cold wind was unbearable for us and it was like travelling in an open vehicle in N’Eliya. Fortunately my kid was wearing a jersey and all the others had to suffer the cold morning winds.
We entered the park at about six in the morning and got a guide and straight away started the safari.
Then we had our breakfast at a place where there was a summer hut and where visitors are allowed to get down from their vehicles.
After having a delicious breakfast we started our safari again.
We had a nice cool bath at Modaragamaru near Kokmote wild life bungalow before having a tasty lunch on river bank.
We planned to visit Kudiramalai point also but had to abandon the idea as the area was flooded and not accessible for vehicles. So after the lunch we started safari again hoping to see the big one – the leopard.
We were really tired after a twelve hour safari but were really happy as it was a memorable day and we returned back to Gampaha via same route at around 11 o’clock in the night.
Thanks for reading.