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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 EUR 94
Safari Prices Updated as 30-March-2022. EUR/LKR Exchange Rate 320
Safari Jeep rates can change based on oil/petrol price.

Safari Jeep Tour (Private Tour Operators)
Same price for 1 or 6 people (so if find others to share cost/head becomes less)

Summary Comparison for Two Foreign Adults
  Entrance Fee+Taxes Jeep+Tip Total
Full day 6:00am-6:00pm) EUR 42 EUR 52 EUR 94
Half Day
6:00am-11:00am or
1:30pm to 6:00pm
EUR 42 USD 29 EUR 71

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

Park Fees for Entry (Day Visit)
Category
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
Category
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


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.


Typical Cost for two people for Full
Day Safari EUR 94, LKR 29,440
Safari Jeep Private (LKR 15,000)
EUR  48
Suggested Tip to Govt/Park provided Guide
EUR   4
Total for Safari Jeep
EUR 52
   
Park Entrance at USD 15/person
USD 30
Service Charge
USD 08
Vehicle Entry (LKR 250)
USD 02
15% VAT (USD 3.75. for USD 40 * 15%)
USD 06
Total Govt/Park Fees for 2 person
USD 46
EUR 42


Grand Total
For 2 foreign visitors EUR 94
In EUR     Park Fees (approx) EUR 42      Jeep+Tip EUR 52
In LKR    Park Fees (approx) LKR 13,440      Jeep+Tip LKR 16,000


Typical Cost for two people for Half Day Safari EUR 71 (LKR 22,720 )
Safari Jeep Private (LKR 8,000)
EUR 25
Suggested Tip to Govt/Park provided Guide
EUR   4
Total for Safari Jeep
EUR 29
   
Park Entrance at USD 15/person
USD 30
Service Charge
USD 08
Vehicle Entry (LKR 250)
USD 02
15% VAT (USD 3.75. for USD 25 * 15%)
USD 06
Total Govt/Park Fee for 2 persons
USD 46
EUR 42

Grand Total For Half Day 2 foreign visitors EUR 71; LKR 22,720
In EUR   Park Fees (approx) EUR 29   Jeep+Tip 42
In LKR  Park Fees LKR 13,440      Jeep+Tip LKR 9,280

   

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.

Contact:

Sereno: +94 77-858 4009


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