Bundala National Park
Bundala National Park, situated along the coastline between Yala and Hambantota, is a former bird sanctuary harbouring 197 bird species, aquatic birds in particular. It covers an area of 6,200 hectares. Due to its five brackish lagoons and freshwater lakes it is an important wintering ground for water birds from central Asia and Sibiria. Bundala is famous for large migrating colonies of Greater Flamingos. 324 species of vertebrates occur in Bundala National Park, including 5 mammal species catgorized threatened. Besides Yala, Bundala is Sri Lanka's only national park where both species of crocodiles inhabitating the island can be obeserved. Saltwater crocodiles (Estuarine crocodiles) live in the lagoons and the estuary of River Kirindi Oya, while the freshwater crocodile (mugger crocodile) occurs in the heartland freshwater lakes.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dry zone south
Yala NP camping-safari
Bundala NP bird watching
Kumana NP birds and wildlife
Okanda village life and beach
Rufus Kulam remote lake
Lahugala NP with heritage site
Gal Oya NP lakeside wildlife
Udawalawe NP wild elephants
Ussangoda serpentine rock
Dry zone north
Minneriya NP elephant gathering
Kaudulla NP elephant gathering
Habarana oxcart excursions
Nelumpure authentic village life
Mihintale ancient sanctuary
Namal Uyana ironwood sanctuary
Rasvehera monastery and wildlife
Tabbowe lake near Wilpattu NP
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
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Bundala is an alternative for those who already know Yala or hope to experience a national park without crowds of tourists. But despite its small population of elephants and leopards and numerous spotted deers and sambars, Bundala is a highlight for birdwatchers in the first place. All aquatic bird species of Sri Lanka are said to occur in Bundala. With good luck the rare Black-necked stork can be spotted here.
Bundala is not large enough for real camping safaris, a morning or late afternoon excursion is enough to gain an impression. Bird watchers staying in Hambantota or Tissamaharama will come several times, particularly during the northern hemisphere winter months, to observe the hugest flocks of migrating birds in Sri Lanka. It's really impressive.
In case you want to spend a longer period in the Yala area, don’t miss Bundala. With the exception of the bird flocks, it may be not as spectacular as Yala block 1, but it is a supplement, a litte bit a contrast, more tranquil and really pretty charming.
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