Tabbowe is a lake in the Puttalam district, North-Western Province of Sri Lanka. It is situated in the vicinity of Wilpattu National Park. Lake Tabbowe is sometimes visited by birdwatchers. It offers accommodation for visitors of Wilpattu seeking to avoid charges for overnight stays inside the National Park boundaries. An eco-lodge is available in Tabbowe, too. Tabbowe is also known as Karuwalagaswewa wildlife sanctuary. It is the area where migrating wild elephants cross the A12 mainroad when leaving Wilpattu to rivers and lakes located further south. The area is notorious for human-elephant conflicts.
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Tabbowe in the northwest of the island is a lake with an inexpensive place to stay in the wilderness. However, it is only low-priced because situated outside the boundaries of Wilpattu National Park and just on the edge of the Tabbowe-bird sanctuary, the lake is within short walking-distance. There maybe ugly-looking electric fences protecting the local farmers and their foreign guests against roaming elephants.
Wilpattu is Sri Lanka's largest single national park. But Tabbowe is suitable as a low cost alternative to a site within the national park. Other common accomodations for park visitors, closer to the entrance gate near Nochchiyagama are in close vicinity of the Puttalam-Anuradhapura main road. In contrast, Tabbowe offers visitors interested in Wilpattu safaris a quiet neighbourhood in the open countryside.
Another accommodation alternative for participants in Wilpattu Safaris is the picturesque Tantirimale, a new park entrance was opened close to it. But at present there are only private houses available for overnight stays in Tantirimale.
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