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Visitors to the Wilpattu National Park are on the rise

Feb 17, 2011 4:23:10 AM - itnnews.lk

The numbers of local and foreign tourists visiting the Wilpattu National Park has been on the increase.

The Sanctuary which had been closed for several years due to terrorist activities was reopened in February last year. 18,800 local and foreign tourists had visited Wilpattu in the last 10 months. The income generated from the sale of ticketfrom March last year to January this year was 5.6 million rupees. The Wilpattu National Park was opened on February 25th, 1938. It spans 140,000 acres. It covers the Anuradhapura, Puttalam and Mannar Districts.

The Wildlife Department is at present crafting a master plan to develop and improve the Wilpattu Park to international standards. Under this plan it is envisaged to modernize the internal road network covering a length of nearly 150 kilometers, preservation and highlighting nearly 68 monuments, Shrine rooms and artifacts including ‘Kuweni’s Palace,’ the point where “Prince Vijaya” is supposed to have come ashore as main tourist attractions.