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|Year and Month||2017 January 21st|
|Number of Days||One day|
|Crew||6-Dimal, Kasun, Prabath, Nirosh, Thilina and My self|
|Accommodation||Caravan at Wilpaththu Nature Resort|
|Transport||Bus and Safari Jeep|
|Activities||Safari and photography|
|Route||Colombo->Puttalama->Eluwankulama (එළුවන්කුලම)->Wilpaththu NP->Back to same route to Colombo|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark|| Wilpaththu NP-Eluwuankulama Entrance
Caravan as an accommodation option in Wilpaththu trip
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Wilpaththu NP (විල්පත්තු ජාතික වන උදයානය) is the largest (131, 693ha) and oldest national park in Sri Lanka. It is famous for visiting Leopards and wild bears. Special feature of Wilpaththu NP is having water filled natural lakes-Willus. There are nearly sixty Willus and tanks found through the park.
It has two entrances: Hunugamwila-හුනුගම්විල (main entrance) and Puttalama-Eluwankulama. Puttalama-Mannar road goes through Wilpaththu NP and Eluwankulama park entrance is situated where road goes into the park.
We have reached Puttalama town around 5am and two over night hotels at Puttalama town were awake at that time. We bought our food stuff for breakfast as well as lunch. Our safari jeep was waiting at Puttalama to collect us.
It was freezing cold with wind when we travelled from Puttalama to Eluwankulama by safari jeep. Kala oya was flowing over the road at the park entrance.
Wilpaththu Park was fresh following recent rain and Willus had enough water. We have visited Pallekandal church, Kuweni Palace and Kudiramale point as archeological sites. Safari tracks in Wilpaththu NP have a lot shades compared to Yala NP, though both situated in extreme dry zone in SL. It was not the day to visit Leopards and Bears and we had to satisfy with water birds, Deers and a couple of jackals. We could view few Elephants were feeding at Pomparippu (පොම්පරිප්පු) grassland. The jeep was stopped at two places for breakfast and lunch. Our last place was visit was Kudiramale point (කුදිරමලේ තුඩුව).
Roman Catholic shrine for St. Anthony situated at Wilpaththu NP. Though there was a temporary shrine this permanent one was built illegally during past few years. (2013)
Kudiramale point (කුදිරමලේ තුඩුව) / Thambapanni (තම්බපණ්ණි)
The place where King Vijaya (විජය රජතුමා) has reached called Thambapanni due to it’s copper colored beaches. It’s old name is Kudiramale (Horse Mountain). It has a great historical value.
Caravan experience for accommodation
This trip was special for me not only because of the first experience of Wilpaththu NP. We have selected a caravan as our accommodation option here. Caravan concept is fairly new to Sri Lanka but widely used among travelers in western countries.
There different words called Caravan, Motor home and Campervan.
• Motor home: Large berthed vehicle built on a long-wheel base. It usually includes kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as other features typically found in home.
• Caravan: It is generally an unpowered vehicle, pulled/ towed by a powered vehicle. Basically you tow a mobile home or trailer, fully equipped with household accessories and towed behind a vehicle.
• Campervan: A van equipped as a self-contained travelling home, they are normally small than a motor home.
I booked the Caravan through Yoho bed. Later I knew it is parked about 10km away from Eluwankulama town closer to Gange Wadiya (ගගේ වාඩිය). Actually this made our Wilpaththu entering through Eluwankulama entrance. This Caravan is parked at Wilpaththu Nature Resort premises and they are the caretakers of this. The one we booked facilitates for four people.
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