Leopards, Lakes and Royal Palaces

Wilpattu National Park 3-Day Jeep Safari - Sri Lanka

Prices from £275 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationWilpattu National Park - Anuradhapura

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This bite-sized trip will take you to Wilpattu, the largest National Park in Sri Lanka. This park was closed for a long time during the civil war, but reopened to tourists in 2010. It’s the perfect place to head out on an adventurous jeep safari in search for leopards and sloth bears. You’ll stay in an atmospheric safari tent and enjoy an evening BBQ at the campfire. Afterwards, you’ll head to the historic city of Anuradhapura. Here you can amble through the ancient ruins and see the sacred Bodhi tree.

What's included

  • Transport with private driver
  • Jeep safari
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Full Board in Wilpattu National Park
  • Breakfast in Anuradhapura

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Arrival at Wilpattu & Jeep Safari

Today you’ll head North, past rice paddies to Wilpattu National Park. Only reopened in the last few years, this park is the largest in Sri Lanka. Once you’ve arrived at your tented safari accommodation and freshened up, you’ll head out on an afternoon jeep safari. Keep your eyes peeled for leopards, sloth bears and elephants hiding in the park’s dense jungle. In the evening you’ll enjoy a BBQ around the campfire – the perfect end to your safari experience.

Arrival at Wilpattu & Jeep Safari

Mihintale & Anuradhapura

To escape the midday heat you’ll head out early to visit Mihintale, a mountain peak and popular pilgrimage site, known for being the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. You’ll check into your next hotel that overlooks a large lake and the afternoon is yours to explore Anuradhapura’s ancient ruins. Walk through the sprawling complex and take in the archaeological wonders, crumbling temples and the old Royal Palace. Then head to Sri Maha Bodhi for some shade – the oldest tree in the world. It’s over 2000 years old and many pilgrims make the journey here daily to make offerings.

Mihintale & Anuradhapura

Departure from Anuradhapura

Today after breakfast you’ll head to your onward destination. You can carry on heading further North and visit the undiscovered city of Jaffna. Alternatively, you can head to the beaches of the East Coast, or carry onto Polonnaruwa for some more culture and nature.

Houwing Statues of Anuradhapura
David on a rickshaw

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“There’s nowhere like Sri Lanka. Having travelled all over the country, it wasn’t long before I fell completely in love with its beaches, tea hills, wild rainforest and national parks. Oh, and did I mention the spicy curries? They knocked my socks off!”

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