Kumana Bird Sanctuary
The bird’s paradise of Sri Lanka; Kumana Bird Sanctuary with migrant birds and birds in large flocks sprawls over 35,000 hectares – country’s most famous bird sanctuary! Waterbirds nest in a 200 hectares mangrove swamp called ‘Kumana Villu’ during May and June. During April–July, annually nearly 255 species of birds are regular sightings – pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, Duck Black-crowned Night Heron is in the endless list!
In a rare harmony of ecology and birds is the Bundala National Park, declared as Sri Lanka’s first ‘Ramsar’ wetland park by the wetland convention. Flat terrain with dry thorny scrublands, shallow brackish water lagoons form a complex wetland system for abundant bird life including migratory birds, especially for the migratory waterfowl. Immense biodiversity with over 380 plant species including Weera, Neem, Palu, Kohomba and Divul and six endemic endangered species is approx. 25km away; Wirawila Tissa Sanctuary, an array of over 400 seasonal, aquatic and jungle birds nesting including the migratory ones from the north pole, is a much shorter drive.