ACTIVITIES

Jeep Safaris To Wilpattu

Wilpattu is open from 6 am – 6 pm every day of the year. Wildlife safaris generally last around 3 hours inside the reserve.
The morning safari starts at 6 am, so an early wakeup call at around 5 am would be necessary to leave for the park gate at around 5:45 am from the resort.
The afternoon safaris can be a much more relaxed affair whereby guests can leave after a late lunch to arrive at the park entrance for 2:45 pm.
It is generally accepted that the afternoon safaris are better for wildlife at Wilpattu National Park, especially for those interested in a Leopard or Sloth Bear encounter!

Leopard Sightings At Wilpattu

Wilpattu has one of the highest densities of Leopards in the world. There is about a 50% chance of sighting the big cat of the island on a safari drive through Wilpattu.

Most importantly, when a leopard is sighted, visitors can usually observe them in complete privacy. This is in complete contrast to Leopard sightings at Yala National Park where 30 or more jeeps often congregate around a single animal.

Leopards are also spotted in very diverse circumstances at Wilpattu. A dramatic encounter is possible along the jeep tracks that the Leopards also use to move between the thick, almost impenetrable jungles. Alternatively you may see Leopards simply basking on the banks of the villus or sipping at a waterhole.

Sloth Bears At Wilpattu

Sloth bears can be sighted in both Yala and Wilpattu national parks, especially from May to July when the fruits of the Palu (ironwood) tree are in season. The bears gorge on these and may be seen dozing out in the open. However being highly reclusive animals they do tend to disappear in to the thick forest when disturbed by the sound of approaching vehicles.

At Wilpattu, although Sloth Bears are frequently seen near the unique villus, the animals also amble through its forested areas. They like the primeval forest with its ancient trees.

Coming across a Sloth Bear in Sri Lanka is actually much rarer than even sighting a Leopard! However the chance of seeing a Sloth Bear in Wilpattu is much better than any other national park in Sri Lanka – at any time of the year.

Birdwatching At Wilpattu

Wilpattu has an interesting collection of raptors including Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White Bellied Fish Eagles, Common Kestrels, Shikras and Oriental Honey Buzzards.

Indian Peafowl, Malabar Pied Hornbill and the endemic Sri Lanka Junglefowl are easily spotted in the jungles.

All bar two of the villus within the Wilpattu National Park contain pure rainwater and support a vast range of resident and migratory water-birds. Common sightings include Painted Stork, Spoonbill, Black-headed Ibis Purple Heron and Open Billed Stork.

The Wilpattu game reserve was recently named Sri Lanka’s sixth Ramsar Wetland, a name given to ecologically significant wetlands around the world.

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Kitesurfing At Kalpitiya

The spectacularly scenic Kalpitiya peninsular is probably the best location in the world to try Kitesurfing. The locality has a number of excellent kite schools and coaching camps that operate throughout the year.

You can experience flatwater, waves and lagoon with wind averages of 18-20 knots during the Summer Season (May to October).

During the Winter Season (December to March) you can observe afternoon winds. It is also great time to see the Dolphins with many boat operators offering Dolphin Watching Boat Safaris. There are also diving excursions to the nearby Bar Reef – the home of the rare Dugong – thought to be the source for the legend of Mermaids in ancient times!

The Kalpitiya Peninsula is about 1.5 hours away from Thamaravila.

Relaxing At Thamaravila

The chic, beautifully appointed open air lounge in the Main Block has designer sofa and chairs.

The bookshelf contains a variety of interesting books relating to wildlife and nature in Sri Lanka as well as a unique ‘Kipling Corner’ with the author’s great novels and stories.

There is a classic movie collection consisting of the ‘Greatest Movies Of All Time’ from the 1930s to the present day.

An I Pod with a powerful waterproof outdoor Bluetooth Speaker has a vast music library for the benefit of guests.

For more serious relaxing, there are 4 sun loungers on the lawn under parasols that look out over the nearby jungle.

Bike Rides On Rural Roads

The resort has bicycles that can be used by guests to explore the sublime rural surroundings and patches of forest around Wilpattu National Park.
Biking Trails have been especially devised and you are welcome to explore these with one of the resort staff to act as your guide or you can go off on your own with a map of the local area if you are feeling adventurous!

Birdlife abounds near the rice fields including White-throated kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Indian Pond Heron, White-breasted Waterhen, Little Cormorant and Red-wattled Lapwing.

The beautiful endemic Star Tortoise is also frequently seen by the roadside.

The chef will be happy to pack some cool drinks and sandwiches.

Sports And Indoor Games

The beautiful lawn in front of the Main Block at Thamaravila can be used for a great game of Cricket – staff at the hotel will be glad to make up the numbers if required. A full cricket set with stumps, bats and even pads is available.

Other games on offer include ‘carom’ a “strike-and- pocket” tabletop game of South Asian origin that is very popular in Sri Lanka.

There is also selection of card games and international board games with classics such as Monopoly, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit on offer.

A Badminton net can be easily set up for those that are feeling more energetic.