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Wilpattu National Park

The largest of the National Parks in Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Villus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. There are nearly sixty lakes (Villus). Common mammals are the Elephant, Leopard, Sloth bear and Jackal (grey and brown).

Typical Cost for two Foreign Adults for Full Day Safari
USD 133

Safari Jeep Tour (Private Tour Operators)
Same price for 1 or 8 people (so if find others to share cost/head becomes less)

Half Day USD 42
Full Day  USD 70

Entrance Fees to Wilpattu National Park, Eluvamkulam Entrance:
Fees Charged by Department of Wildlife, Sri Lanka

Park Fees for Entry (Day Visit)
Applicable Fees
Local Resident Adult
LKR 60.00
Local Resident Child (between 6-12 years)
LKR 30.00
School Children (per child)
LKR 20.00
Foreign Adult
USD 15.00
Foreign Child (between 6-12 years)
USD 8.00

Charges for Vehicle
Applicable Fees
For Each Jeep or Double Cab
LKR 250.00
For Each Van
LKR 250.00
For Each Car
LKR 125.00
For Each Bus
LKR 400.00

Service Charge
Single visit during hours local tour group
LKR 300.00
Single visit during hours foreign tour group
USD 08.00

Plus VAT 15% for grand Total

Typical Cost for two people.

The whole Wilpattu National Park (and other National Parks in Sri Lanka) are expensive for foreign visitors. That includes expat Sri Lankans who no longer hold a Sri Lankan passport or National ID (NIC). So suggest that you do a full day safari to get your moneys worth. That said there no gurantee in seeing any of the big mammals as luck is important.

Safari Jeep Private (Half Day 6,000)
USD   70
Suggested Tip to Govt/Park provided Guide
USD   5
Total for Safari Jeep
USD 75
Park Entrance at USD 15/person
USD 15
Service Charge
USD 08
Vehicle Entry (LKR 250)
USD 02
15% VAT (USD 3.75. for USD 25 * 15%)
USD 04
Total Govt/Park Fees/person
USD 29

Grand Total For 2 foreign visitors USD 133
Jeep+Tip USD 75 + Park Fees (approx) USD 58


Elavankulam (also spelled Eluvamkulam, Eluwankulama on Google Maps) is the last town just before the Wilpattu National Park entrance on the Puttlam Mannar Road. Its last town after Wanathavillu.

Eluvamkulam is a frontier town, but still centrally located. Its a 15 minute boat ride to Kalpitiya from Gangewadiya (5 km from Eluvankulam).

Its 70 km to Mannar with The Doric, Arippu Fort on the way. 152 km to Pooneryn/Sangupiddy Bridge and 180 km to Jaffna Town.

To Madu Church it is about 80 km.

We recommend Rough Guide to Sri Lanka for broader price range of accomodation and detailed description of locales.


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