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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  • Wow what a world of difference compared to kaudulla national park! In more elephants kaudulla seen but the park is not comparable to kumana! Many different plants/trees and the route is also beautiful! In terms of animals 5 elephants seen lots of Buffalo, deer and birds. Unfortunately for us:) no Leopard. An additional advantage of a very quiet park with not many jeeps chasing each other hitting.. 'Ll go early in the morning! Recommended!! We have a total of 8000 rupees was shared this jeep.
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  • Lovely place to visit during the season. Can see thousands of different variety of non natiove birds flown from thousands of kilometers to have their summer holiday here in Kumana marshy lands. Do not...  more »
  • We had a great time in this place. The landscape is really beautiful and we saw all the animals expected to see, even de elusive leopard. It is not a crowded place so you can enjoy the nature in relat...  more »
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  • Kumana National Park is one of the beautiful forest in Sri Lanka. You can watch not only birds but also elephant & other wild animals.
  • Wild at it's best. Most importantly not crowded yet. Hope it remains so
  • A very beautiful national park. Specially for birds.
  • 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.

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