Wilpattu is another old National Park that once hosted the Elephant Orphanage. The name means ‘land of lakes’ and is situated in the north west of Sri Lanka, 180 km north of Colombo. It became a sanctuary early in the last century and a National Park since 1938. It was closed for 16 years while the region was regarded as unsafe but since 2003 it has been back on the tourist map.
Much of the Park is difficult to access because it is dense forest but wildlife lovers not only enjoy the parts they can tour, they generally feel good that wildlife can have its privacy as well.