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Kumana National Park, Ampara

(4.2/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • We went in the afternoon and saw tons of wildlife and no other jeeps! The scenery was stunning too. Would definitely recommend. Just make sure to bring food and water with you and wear comfortable clo...  more »
  • They are the best camping outfit in SL and their understanding of the National Parks, the flora and fauna within is fantastic. Highly recommend them  more »
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  • It's an awesome place to watch wild life and admire nature.
  • Located on Sri Lanka‚Äôs 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.
  • Good place to go camping
  • Very good exposure for children in the holidays
  • Best for bird watching