Kumana National Park, Ampara

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#3 of 7 in Nature in Eastern Province
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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  • better and very far, this "park" or l there are more pets than tourists! that the opposite, like its neighbour of YALA
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  • I got the opportunity to have a Jeep Safari to kumana National park during my annual staff trip to Arugam bay. kumana Safari is the best safari I have in Sri Lanka so far with many u forgettable memor...  more »
  • it's a very beautiful place. it's located in pothuvil city. mostly if you go to arugamby don't forget go to kumana national park. its a 1.30 hore jurny to inside the forest. full and full natural and ...  more »
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  • Good place for wild photographs. Make sure you visit between 2 and 5pm to see the wild animals. Safari trip with their vehicle is good experience. But we can bring our on vehicle for Rs.500 which is cheap.
  • great place for safari. if you can enter to the park early morning, you can see lots of animals including leopards.
  • Less crowded than Yala national park. Ideal place for bird watching in Sri Lanka.
  • Lots and lots of birds. Few elephants. If you are lucky Leopards and bears.
  • Paddyway has arranged a fantastic daytrip to Kumana National park for us when we were staying in Arugam Bay. We saw alot of birdlife inside the park which was fantastic for us as we really enjoy birdwatching. We also saw elephants, boars, different kinds of deers, monitors, crocodiles, mungoose, buffalos, hare and a leopard. Highly recomended if you enjoy birdlife.

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