Kumana National Park
Kumana is Sri Lanka’s biosphere with the highest number of bird species, because it has many more Kalapuwas than Yala, combinations of small lagoon brack waters and bracky swamps, ideal habitats for water birds. 20 lagoons and tanks support the abundant birdlife in Kumana. Altogether 225 breeding and migratory bird species occur, Peacocks, Pelicans, Painted Storks, Spoonbills, Egrets and Little Cormorants are quite common. Significant migrant birds are the Greater Flamingo, White Ibis, Herons and Pheasants. The fauna in Kumana is similar to Yala, even leopards and elephants and sloth bears occur in Kumana, but are fewer than in Yala block 1. Kumana’s beautiful wetland areas are dotted with water lilies and surrounded by dry-zone scrub forest and grasslands. The flora in Kumana consists mainly of mangroves and water loving Kumbuk trees.
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 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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There are more lakes and less rock bolders in Kumana than in the neighboring Yala National Park, but all in all it’s a similar setting. Kumana is much less frequented than Yala, this is why many nature lovers and safari enthusiasts consider it to be the best wildlife experience in Sri Lanka, though it’s much more difficult to observe leopards in Kumana.
Yala-Kumana camping safari
The perfect way to explore this most amazing wildlife zone of Sri Lanka is a camping safari starting in Yala block 1, crossing the remote block 2 and, after crossing River Kambukkan Oya, arriving at a camping site in Kumana.
Safari camping grounds
There are five Camp sites within the Kumana National Park now, all of them perfect starting points for moonshine safaris.
Eda Kumbuka Camp Site is named after the Kumbuk trees prevailing in this area.
River mouth - Moya Kata 1 and 2 – at the Kumbukkan Oya is a very attractive camp at an inshore beach.
Madametota and Heraligas Ara are situated near Kumbukkan Oya, too, but in the heartland of the National Park.
Gal Amuna Camp Site is located near a natural rock dam across the Kumbukkan Oya. Because of its scenic beauty it is a very pleasant camp site for visitors.
ordinary Kumana safaris
For those who can’t afford to pay Wildlife Department charges for camping expeditions or do not intend too spend more than 1 day inside the National Park area, we can arrange half- or full-day excursions starting at the eastern entrance gate near Okanda. After a morning excursion you could climb Kudumbigala Rock, which is one of Sri Lanka’s most picturesque heritage sites with a perfect panorama to the east coast and the National Park area. By the way, chances to watch bears at Kudumbigala are quite high.
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