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Bundala National Park

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Best Time: October - March Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Bandaranayake International Airport Check Flights

"Spectacle of Migratory Aquatic Birds!"

Bundala National Park Tourism

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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Wildlife Safari at Bundala National Park

A wildlife safari is undoubtedly the highlight of a visit to Bundala National Park. Several travel firms organize safaris across the park by jeep at various times of the day. Local guides, well-versed in the knowledge of both the species and the park, join visitors on these safaris.

Fauna at Bundala National Park

The fauna at Bundala comprises around 197 species of birds, most of them being aquatic. These mainly include storks, pelicans, ibises, peafowl, cormorants and sandpipers. Many species migrate to Bundala for the winter, the most famous among them being the greater flamingo. Greater flamingoes are known to migrate in large numbers from the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India. The animal species at Bundala include Asian elephants, grey langurs, wild boars, rusty-spotted cats, macaque, spotted deer, crocodiles, mongoose, and five species of globally endangered sea turtles. In addition to this, around 32 species of fishes and 52 species of butterflies make Bundala their home.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bundala National Park

If you have opted for either a morning or afternoon safari, you can have a meal at the hotel or resort at which you are staying. Full-day excursions at Bundala National Park frequently include both breakfast and lunch. However, many restaurants are in the vicinity of the national park, serving both local as well as international fare.

History of Bundala National Park

As a wintering ground for migratory birds, Bundala was chosen as a wildlife sanctuary under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance in 1969. In 1991, Bundala became the first Ramsar wetland site in Sri Lanka due to its rich diversity of waterfowl. Two years later, Bundala was declared as a national park. In 2005, Bundala National Park was given the status of a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. It is the fourth such biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.

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