Wilpattu is one of the best places to take a bird spotting tour in Sri Lanka (you can get in touch to discuss a special bespoke tour of Sri Lanka if you have a particular interest in bird spotting and wildlife), it’s renowned for its population of domestic and migratory water birds that live close to the many natural lakes dotted around the 130,000 hectare park.
The birds you might see around the lakes include the Whistling Teal, Spoonbill, Purple Heron, Garganey and Pintail. Other birdlife in the park comprises of the Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Painted Stork, Owls, Gulls, Eagles and many more.
Wilpattu is open from 6am to 6pm, but the prime time to visit the park for wildlife spotting is in the morning or mid-afternoon. The park can be explored via a Jeep safari, with both morning/afternoon (3/4 hours) and full day (12 hours) safari options available.
Although the park is typically open year round the best times to visit is between February and October for the best chances of spotting wildlife and avoid the rainy season from September to December.