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Bundala National Park

The relatively flat topography of the park is made up of dry thorny scrublands, marshes, and four brackish lagoons. It is home to elephants, a variety of endangered reptiles, estuarine crocodiles, and mugger crocodiles.

Every species of waterbird identified in Sri Lanka is thought to frequent Bundala National Park. Within the region, about 200 bird species have been identified.

The Marsh and Curlew, Sandpipers, Curlews, Greenshanks, Golden and Kentish Plovers, and Large and Lesser Sand Plovers are among the 58 migratory bird species. The park’s most unusual visitors are the Broad-billed Sandpiper and the Red-necked Phalarope. The most well-known migratory bird is the greater flamingo.

The park’s lagoons also attract a wide diversity of aquatic birds. Ibis, pelicans, painted storks, Black-necked Storks, terns, gulls, sandpipers, snipes, teals, egrets, and spoonbills are among them. More frequent endemic birds are the Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Woodshrike, and Ceylon Junglefowl.

Between October and January, turtles flock to the seashore to lay their eggs.

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Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
  • The Kalametiya sanctuary is a coastal wetland region with a diverse bio-diversity and is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most important bird sanctuaries. This bird refuge is home to a variety of permanent and migratory shorebird species. This vast wetland environment of mangrove swamps, lagoons, and salt marshes is home to a variety of birds, including kingfishers and flamingos. Lagoons and mangrove wetlands attract a wide diversity of winter migrating species. It is home to four nationally vulnerable bird species and 38 nationally and internationally threatened reptile species.
    Distance: 42 Km

  • Kirinda Beach
  • It is a pristine white sandy beach with natural foliage that provides a calm retreat.
    Kirinda’s reefs are home to two of Asia’s most well-known offshore lighthouses, which were established by the British in the 1870s on two rock formations. These historical lighthouses, known as the Great Basses Reef lighthouses, are still standing. The Great and Little Basses reefs provide some of the greatest snorkeling and diving in the country.
    Distance: 21.5 Km

  • Yala National Park
  • It is Sri Lanka’s most visited and second largest national park, covering an area of 150,937 hectares. The park is divided into 5 sections. Two of the five blocks are now open to the public. The park’s topography provides for a diverse species composition as well as good visibility. As a result, the park is quite popular. Leopards, elephants, sloth bears, sambar, spotted dear, jackals, water buffaloes, crocodiles, and peacocks may all be found in Yala. There are 215 bird species documented in the park. The park contains the world’s largest concentration of leopards per square kilometer.
    The greatest time to visit Yala is between February and July, when the park’s water levels are low and animals may move freely.
    Distance: 33 Km

  • Lunugamvehera National Park
  • With an area of 23,500ha, Lunugamvehera is one of Sri Lanka’s few unspoiled national parks. The Lunugamvehera Reservoir occupies a substantial portion of the park. The region was designated as a national park in 1995 to safeguard the catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir as well as the local species.
    The park is rich in biodiversity and serves as a home for a huge number of wild elephants, buffaloes, and water birds. This national park also serves as an elephant corridor. Other mammals found here include the Fishing Cat, Grey Mongoose, Bear, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, and Mouse Deer.
    Distance: 32 Km

  • Kataragaama Shrine
  • It is one of the few sacred sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and the country’s indigenous people. It is a large complex that includes a Buddhist temple, a Hindu shrine, and a Mosque.
    There is a river called Manik Ganga meaning the River of Gems due to the great concentration of gemstones in the early era. This river is a spiritual place where pilgrims bathe to cleanse themselves before entering the complex. Bathing in it, according to pilgrims, helps cure diseases.
    Distance: 36.5 Km


Accommodation (within 10km)

  • Star Classified hotels- Yes
  • International Chain Hotels- Yes
  • Boutique Hotels- Yes
  • Resorts- Yes
  • Ayurvedic Hotels- No
  • Inns/Guest Houses- Yes
  • Hostels- Yes
  • Homestays- Yes
  • Eco Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from (estimate)

  • CMB Airport- 275km (travel time: 3hrs 40min)
  • Colombo City- 271km (travel time: 3hrs 55min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 284km (travel time: 6hrs 25min)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 436km (travel time: 7hrs 15min)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 258km (travel time: 5hrs 40min)
  • Kandy City- 251km (travel time: 5hrs 50min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 140km (travel time: 2hrs 10min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time


  • September and March

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