Wilpattu National Park
Declared a National Park in 1938, Wilpattu is the largest in the country, covering some 131,694 hectares. Vegetation varies greatly and the transition from thick jungle to open scrubland and the windswept dunes of the western coastal belt is surprisingly abrupt. A unique feature of this Park is that it has a large number of villus (lakes) where you can watch wildlife and many species of birds. Leopards and herds of wild elephant are frequently seen here. Other sightings you can expect are Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile and Peacocks.
The visit to Wilpattu combines well with a boat trip on Kalpitiya Lagoon, the best place in Sri Lanka for viewing dolphins (below).