Behold the picturesque beauty of Sri Lanka’s wildlife when you visit Kumana National Park. Encircled by dense, tropical forests, this national park, often referred as Yala East, is a treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts. Travel to Kumana and discover a natural haven – unspoilt, untouched and abundant – with the promise of an unforgettable exploration.
Located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka, the Kumana National Park covers 18,149 hectares and is home to over 215 different species, each spectacular in their own right. Capture the stunning beauty of different species of birds from the graceful demeanour of the pelican to the pink-feathered painted stork – its beak half open as it lies in the water ready to snatch up their prey.
A paradise for birds and ideal for those interested in bird watching in Sri Lanka, the swamp lake is perhaps the most important area for birdlife. Within the confines of this 200-hectare natural swamp lake lies a multitude of birds, including spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets, and little cormorants. Watch out for a rare appearance by the black-necked stork as you wander along the lake. The mangrove swamp acts as a nesting and roosting ground for many water birds, especially during the months of May and June. The bird reserve is also a popular hotspot for peacocks, Malabar pied hornbills and green bee-eaters.
Aside from the prolific birdlife, Kumana, Sri Lanka is home to the island’s most popular mammals such as elephants, leopards, crocodiles, turtles, white cobras, wild buffalo and bears. Travellers have the option of arranging camping trips within the park, which presents a remarkable opportunity to watch the animals at dusk and dawn – considered the ideal times to observe these glorious creatures in their natural habitat.
Closest Domestic Airport – Cinnamon Air flies to Tissa, which is located 53 away from Kumana National Park.