One of our representative Pick Up from Sigiriya and drive Ritigala.
Sri Lanka Wilpattu Safari & Ritigala Day Tour
Wilpattu National Park is also known as the land of the lakes. It has a lot of water holes in the park.
Trek to the Highest Mountain of northern Sri Lanka, Ritigala, An Ancient Mountain Monastery dating back to 1B.C.
Ritigala Mountain at a height of 766 m above the sea-level is the highest mountain in the north-central dry plains of Sri Lanka. This is one of the three strict nature reserves in Sri Lanka and it is about 5 Sq. km in land extent. Historically, this has been called as Arittha Pabbatha (the mountain of Aritta) which can be translated as 'Dreadful Rock' or 'Safety Rock' or even 'Riti trees' growing upon it. From the early days of Buddhism, monks had been living in natural caves or rock shelters. Rock inscriptions discovered at Ritigala Mountain indicate that gradually, the sanctuary became a monastic retreat for hermit (Pamsukulika) monks.At the end of the tenth century, Ritigala came under the barrage of south Indian invasions. By the 10th-12th century AD Ritigala seems to had been abandoned by the hermit monks and soon it retreated into the jungles and rediscovered in the late 19th century by James Mantell, a government surveyor. A couple of decades later, the first archeological commissioner in Ceylon H.C. P. Bell visited Ritigala and published a report on his archeological investigations.
Wilpattu National Park borders the northwest coast of Sri Lanka and spans the borders between the North Western Province and North Central Province, approximately 25 kms north of the town of Puttalam and 30 kms west of Anuradhapura. It is the first and largest national park in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu sanctuary was decalred as a National Park in 1938. There are approximately 30 species of mammals in the Wilpattu National Park which include the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard, Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri, Spotted Deer, Buffalo, Sambar and Mongoose. Wetland bird species found in the Wilpattu National Park include the Garganey, Pin tail, Whistling Teal, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Large White Egret, Cattle Egret and Purple Heron. The endemic Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Little Cormorant and the Painted Stork can also Can be seen. Jeep Safari is the regular norm in exploring the Wilpattu National Park In Wilpattu National Park, you can't get down from the vehicle, and we have driven in designated paths only. With the rangers at the Wilpattu National Park guiding the wildlife safaris, the visitors are always safe though in the thick of wilderness.
- Transport in a Private luxury CAR/VAN
- Airport pick up
- Snack & water bottle for Refreshment
- High way fees(Arrival and Departure)
- Parking fees
- Entrance Fee to Places
- Accommodation and Meals