Today you have a short journey deeper into Sri Lanka’s north-west region, moving away from the beaches towards your base for Wilpattu National Park. Your accommodation is in one of the most remote areas of the island and is surrounded by untouched wilderness, providing a blissfully tranquil atmosphere. Spanning 131,000 hectares that stretches from the coastline to the north-central province, Wilpattu is one of Sri Lanka’s largest and oldest wildlife parks and has a wide range of different natural habitats, from the coastal belt and lakes to scrublands, open grassy plains and thick forest. Numerous species of animal are found here including most of the ‘big game’ found in Sri Lanka: elephant, Sloth Bear, water buffalo, Spotted Deer and the elusive Leopard. The water bodies in the park attract many different types of bird – Painted Storks, White Ibis, cormorants, kingfishers and Whistling Teals to name a few – as well as crocodiles and water monitor lizards. As it is positioned away from the common tourist trails, Wilpattu is unspoiled and peaceful – an entire day of safari can pass without another jeep being encountered.