With a long day spent in the national park you need some cosy Wilpattu accommodation to go back to. So here's the 5 best hotels in Wilpattu to choose from.
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We were lucky enough to visit the Wilpattu National Park in September 2018, and it really is an incredible place!
Chances are, you’re visiting Wilpattu to experience your own jungle safari. But did you know, there are some really cool other things for you to try whilst you’re there?
Well, don't worry, I've listed a few of the other top things to do in Wilpattu at the end of this post.
But first, let’s take a look at the 5 best hotels in Wilpattu and other types of accommodation you’ll find in the area.
NOTE: I’ve provided links through to Booking.com for all of the Wilpattu hotels given. This is because we used them everywhere throughout Sri Lanka and believe they offer the best prices and availability of accommodation.
Lastly, but by no means least, we have Base Camp Wilpattu. They also offer glamorous tenting options for the night. Allowing you to really immerse yourself in the wonderful natural surroundings of Wilpattu.
All rooms come with your own private bathroom, and you can book yourself onto a safari through Base Camp Wilpattu.
You are located very close to the national park entrance and you’ll hear plenty of natural wildlife surrounding your campsite in the evenings.
Breakfast is included with your stay and they also offer barbecue facilities as well.
Of course, there are a number of other hotels near Wilpattu National Park to choose from, but these ones above offer good pricing and come with plenty of high quality reviews. If you do want to see what else is available for your visit, then you can search here for more Wilpattu hotels.
What is there to do in Wilpattu?
Go on the best Sri Lankan safari
It had to be mentioned and is without a doubt the best thing to do in Wilpattu. Depending on what time of year you visit, you can expect to see animals such as leopards, elephants and Lankan sloth bears. If you want to find out more, then check out this post on our incredible Wilpattu National Park Safari.
Cave of Arts
The Cave of Arts is located not far outside of the Wilpattu National Park and contains some ancient cave artwork that it is believed belonged to some of the earliest humans ever to settle in Sri Lanka.
This is a wonderful photo spot, if you want to pick up on a local attraction that is relatively unknown to most travellers. Just be wary of visiting in the rainy season when the water level is known for rising incredibly quickly.
Samadhi Buddha Statue
It is believed that the Samadhi Buddha Statue was carved back in either the 3rd or 4th century. Making it at least 1700 years old! In the last couple of centuries, it has been restored to its original beauty and is truly a sight to behold.
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
This is a sacred Buddhist area that is believed to be around 1800 years old. It is most famously known for housing an extremely large reclining Buddha statue.
I recommend staying in Wilpattu for anywhere between 1 and 3 nights. If you’re just interested in the safari, then one night should be plenty.
But if you want to experience any of the other sites, then definitely take an extra day or two.
You then have more time to relax and enjoy the area and everything your Wilpattu hotel has to offer!
And it’s certainly one of the nicest areas in Sri Lanka. Depending on how close to the park you stay, you have a good chance of hearing, and even seeing, a herd of elephants strolling through your village at night!
Interested in a tour to Wilpattu?
Getting to Wilpattu
Getting to Wilpattu is pretty straightforward, largely because it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka.
You can choose from the following:
Bus. Buses run regularly up to Wilpattu. It could be easiest to speak to your current hostel or hotel for advice on local bus operators running there.
Train. It is possible to get a train from Colombo and other areas to Wilpattu National Park. I recommend using Rome2Rio to find out more about prices and journey times.
Grab an Uber. As of writing, it costs around 11,000 LKR to hire an uber from Colombo up to Wilpattu. The journey time would be around 4-5 hours, but you get to relax in a nice air-conditioned car. Just note, not all cities and towns in Sri Lanka will have Uber drivers to pick you up.
Rent a tuk tuk! This is the choice we went for. We hired our tuk tuk in Colombo, and it cost us $18 per day. It is what we used to travel the whole way around Sri Lanka and really did make for an unforgettable experience. Here’s a picture to help tempt you …
Other than this, you can, of course, hire your own alternative form of transportation. Such as a car or moped. Both would be fairly straightforward to do.
But, simply because of the novelty, I wanted to recommend tuk tuks above. Either way, the added benefit of having your own form of transportation is that it’s then very easy to get to any of the hotels in Wilpattu listed above.
If you have any questions, then just let me know below!
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