Wilpattu National Park

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The Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a national park located 30 km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The unique feature of the wilpattu national park is the existence of "Willus" (natural lakes). Wilpattu national park was designated as a national park in 1938.

History of Wilpattu : Prince Vijaya landed at Thambapanni in 543 BC according to the Mahawansaya and Thambapanni is known as Kudrimalai Point (Horse Point) today. King Vijaya was married to Kuweni and founded the Sinhala nation.

The mean temperature is about 27.2c and the annual rainfall is about 1000 millimeters.

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The wilpattu national park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu national park is one of the largest and oldest national parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. It has over 30 species of mammalian wildlife: including elephant, leopard, sloth bear, water buffalo and deer.

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