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Kumana National Park, Ampara

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Located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka , the 18,149 hectare KUMANA (YALA EAST) NATIONAL PARK is a well-known eco tourism attraction and bird sanctuary where a multitude of birds breed and roost. One of the most significant features of the park is the 'Kumana Villu' - a 200 hectare natural swamp lake, fed by the 'Kumbukkan Oya' through a half mile long narrow channel. It is at this mangrove swamp that many water birds nest in May and June. Regular sightings include such species of bird as pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets and little cormorants.

The very rare black-necked stork has also been spotted at the swamp. Besides the prolific birdlife, Kumana is also home to some of the mammals found in the larger YALA NATIONAL PARK (west) park, such as elephants and leopards. The vegetation in Kumana consists mainly of mangrove trees, kumbuk trees and the karan fern, as well as the open marsh area. For bird watching enthusiasts, the park is an 'absolute must'.
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  • We had a lovely safari at Kumana. We entered the park around 2.30pm by jeep and we paid 2150 rupees each, including tax. We drove around there for four hours and got to see pretty much everything. Fro...  more »
  • The best Safari Location in Sri Lanka where you can see many animals and birds. You have to stay in the park bungalow - Thummulla - for the best experience. Very few safari jeeps which gives lot of fr...  more »
  • We went on safari with Ecowave (based in Arugam Bay). It was so good!! We went in the morning and saw elephants, water buffalo, deer etc. There's lots of birds because of the lagoons. Such a gorgeous ...  more »
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  • Wild at it's best. Most importantly not crowded yet. Hope it remains so
  • another awesome park in sri lanka to watch wild animals after willpatthu n yaala 😍
  • A treasure. In rainy season the forest is extremely beautiful. You can see practically any animal found in Sri Lanka, at Kumana. However, it is most famous for its birds. This park is also a Ramsar wetland. If conditions are right, in breeding season you can see thousands of water birds nesting. If you are lucky you will see Leopard and Sloth bear. Though there are significant numbers of these animals in the park it is hard to spot them as the number of tracks (gravel roads) is lower than, say, Yala national park. Also this park is continuous with Yala across a river (Kumbukkan oya). Animals can cross ( so can 4 WD vehicles with permission) from Yala to Kumana and vice versa when water level is low. The long drive to reach the park from Potuvil/ Arugam bay itself is unforgettable with so much to see on either side. Close to the park gate you can take a detour to see the fascinating Okanda beach - area being popular among surfers. Breath-taking Buddhist rock monastery Kutumbigala is near by too.
  • It's an awesome place to watch wild life and admire nature.
  • Located on Sri Lanka’s southeastern coast, Kumana National Park is located around 391 kilometres southeast of Colombo and covers an area of around 35,664 hectares. The park is particularly well known for its bird life, particularly for the large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds that call the park home. Between April and July, tens of thousands of birds migrate to the park, using the land as both nesting and breeding ground.