Heritage

Wilpattu National Park, in addition to being the largest and oldest in Sri Lanka, also has a rich history attached:

Kudiramalai

Kudiramalai

Kudiramalai Point located on the north western coastal belt of the national park is recorded in the historical chronicle, Mahavamsa, as being the location where Prince Vijaya who set sail from India and landed in 543 B.C.

Kudiramalai is also believed to be the point where a representative of the court of Emperor Claudius Caesar, blown off course by a gale, made contact with King Gamini Abhaya in 47 A.D. An entourage of King Gamini Abhaya was also cordially received at a later date by Emperor Claudius Caesar.

Pomparippu

Pomparippu

The Pomparippu area within the Wilpattu National Park indicates a prehistoric (prior to the arrival of Prince Vijaya) burial ground.

Sealed urns containing human remains have been unearthed at this location including the skeletal remains of approximately twenty people. It is believed that Pomparippu was a burial site for many in the pre-Vijayan era in Sri Lanka.

Eastern sector of Wilpattu

Eastern sector of Wilpattu

This area is home to the remains of breached and now disused reservoirs built by an ancient but advanced agricultural civilisation in Sri Lanka.

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