Crocodiles lazing around just a few meters from the water, herd of peacocks roaming around the grassland, buffaloes grazing in water and leopards scurrying up trees are few of the many views you will enjoy on your tour to the Kumana National Park. The 357 square kilometers of mangrove forests known as the Kumana Villu, grassland and marshes are punctured with lagoons, and the Kumbukkan Oya. The drive from Arugam bay to Panama is 12 kilometers long and offers stunning views of lagoons and wildlife. Upon reaching the entering point, you will be greeted by the sign reading Kumana National Park’ in all three languages, English inclusive and a toll gate. The Park was known as Yala East until 2006. The curving dirt roads lined with a plethora of trees will guide you throughout the parks varying landscapes offering you the chance of spotting the multiple species of wildlife that inhibit the park. The experience feels more natural because the animals roam around freely, unaffected by the vehicles. Stop by the river for a breathtaking view of the water bordered with a forest of trees and the relaxing sound of the moving water.
Because of its proximity to the Yala National Park, the park is inhibited by many mammals too.
Because of its rich wetland, the park is home to many threatened species of reptiles.
The park’s major feature is its bird watching opportunities. Being the best in the island for bird watching, the park has built watchtowers to provide a better perspective to view these feathered creatures. The mangrove swamp which is roughly 200 hectares is thriving with birds. Apart from seeing herds of peacocks, you can also spot so many other migratory and resident birds like the black-necked stork, Malabar pied hornbills and so much more. The park promises spotting of almost 255 species of birds, some of which are endemic too. A visit to this ornithological heaven is a bird watcher’s mandatory!
This safari from Arugam Bay to the Kumana National Park is a good opportunity to admire the varied wildlife the island boasts. Tap into the animal lover and book this safari.
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