Wild life enthusiasts will be happy to note that Wilpattu National Park finally reopened last week after being closed for 25 years due to terrorism in the North. After extensive mine clearing operations, the army has now declared it safe for the public to visit. Fans of Wilpattu’s leopards have once again started making their frequent pilgrimage. With Kumana Bird Sanctuary in the south also now reopen, all National Parks and bird sanctuaries are accessible once again. Another birding hotspot these days is Mannar where migrant birds in their thousands including many varieties of ducks, gulls and terns can be spotted.