The Wild Life Affairs Ministry has launched a development program to upgrade the Anuradhapura Wilpattu national sanctuary to international level.
It is planned to create adequate infrastructure facilities including a road network to reach nearly 100 sites of archaeological, historical and cultural importance located in the Wilpattu forest cover but not well-known, defence.lk reported.
The development program includes the preservation of Kuweni’s palace at Kalivilluwa and Thambapanni area called Kadiramale where prince Vijaya is supposed to have disembarked.
According to the report, there are about 40 shallow lakes (Villus) in addition to 50 small scale tanks in the Wilpattu sanctuary which are at the verge of ruination. Army personnel have renovated 10 such tanks since the re-opening of the sanctuary in February 2010 and 10 more dilapidated tanks are to be undertaken for rehabilitation.
Also, four dilapidated tourist bungalows situated at Kalivillu, Manikbapola, Marandanmaduwa and Makalanmaduwa will be refurbished for local and foreign tourists.
Since the opening of the Wilpattu sanctuary last March nearly 30,000 local and foreign travelers have visited Wilpattu and the income from entrance tickets and renting the bungalows has reached around Rs.7 million, the report said.