Bundala National Park is situated off the Sri Lankan coast, around 12 km away from the port town of Hambantota. Designated as a national park in 1993, Bundala is immensely popular for its migratory aquatic birds.
Additionally, the park is also a UNESCO world heritage site and biosphere reserve. The brackish water lagoons, coupled with the diverse flora, are truly stunning sights. The topography of the national park also comprises dunes and scrub jungle.
Aptly known as a birdwatcher’s paradise, Bundala National Park is home to roughly two hundred species of birds, such as the painted stork, purple heron and black-headed ibis; this number is excluding migratory species like the greater flamingo, which arrive in large flocks during the winter. Several other animals are inhabitants of the park, most notably Asian elephants, common langurs, civets, porcupines, grey-naped hares, monitor lizards and crocodiles. The nearby beaches are breeding grounds for five endangered species of sea turtles.
A half-day safari across Bundala is a fantastic opportunity to catch glimpses of the diverse Sri Lanka flora and fauna and soak in the serenity of nature. Bundala National Park is undoubtedly a wildlife aficionado’s dream destination and a photographer’s delight.
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