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Kumana National Park Tourism

Apart from that the 18,149 hectare of national park also encompasses of a 200-hectare natural lake swamp, visited by various species of migratory birds. The national park does not only secure the species of birds but also breeds and roosts them. Some of the regular birds that can easily be spotted are the Pelicans, Painted Storks, Spoonbills, White Ibis, Herons, Egrets and the little Cormorants.

Apart from the magnificent birds, the Kumana National Park is also home to the different species of mammals, including Elephants, Leopards, and Bears. Not only is that but the national park also has a rich selection of flora. It has the mangroves, the Kumbuk trees and the Karan Fern. The visitors can opt for either bird watching or the jeep safari wherein the national park would send in professional experts along with jeeps that allow the visitors to go deep inside the national park and explore the beautiful flora and fauna.

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History of Kumana National Park

Kumana National Park was declared as a national park in the year of 1969, and the park was initially named as the Yala East National Park but was changed to its current name on the 5th September 2006. Many tales and legends recall the stories of hunters and wild animals deep into the woods. There are also some cave paintings made by the tribes’ men depicting various scenarios and animals.

Bird Watching in Kumana National Park

The bird watching in the Kuman National Park is one of the activities that one should not miss. Unlike the other bird watching tours, this one has a professional guide along with the visitors in the jeep to inform them about the varied kinds and species of birds.

Jungle Safari in Kumana National Park

The visitors can accompany along professional in this enthralling jungle safari ride. One can either opt for the bus safari, the jeep safari or the open jeep safari, according to their preferences and choices. The safari would take the visitors deep into the woods and introducing them to various species of mammals.

Eco Tourism in Kumana National Park

The Kumana National Park supports and promotes eco-tourism. By taking its visitors deep into the woods for various activities such as the bird-watching and the safaris, the national park educates its visitors about the importance of knowing about the varied kinds and species of both flora and fauna and also about the importance of preserving them.

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What is the best time to visit Kumana national park?

Though the park is open to visitors all around the year, it is not advisable to travel through the months of monsoon. During the monsoon months, the swamps and the lake might get muddy, and there won’t be many sights of the birds or animals, which might hinder the jungle safari and the bird-watching experience. The dry season runs from February to July. It is the best time to visit the national park as during these months one can get a better understanding of the vegetation and the birds and the animals. During these months there are more chances of sights of mammals and the birds as they come out to drink water from the lakes.
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What are the places near Kumana national park?

The top places near to Kumana national park are Nuwara eliya which is 99 km from Kumana national park, Galle which is located 134 km from Kumana national park, Colombo which is located 184 km from Kumana national park, Kandy which is located 139 km from Kumana national park, Sigiriya which is located 197 km from Kumana national park

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