Safari Kumana

Kumana National Park 

Kumana is located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka.The 18,149-hectare national park (aka ‘Yala East’) is a well-known bird sanctuary where a multitude of birds can be spotted.One of the most significant features of the park is the ‘KumanaVillu’ – a 200-hectare natural swamp lake, fed by the ‘KumbukkanOya’ through a half mile long narrow channel.It is at this mangrove swamp that many water birds nest in May and June.

Almost half of Sri Lanka’s bird species are found here and it serves as a feeding and resting ground for more than 35 species of migratory aquatic bird species. Regular sightings include Pelicans, Painted Storks, Spoonbills, White Ibis, Herons, Egrets and Little Cormorants.

The very rare black-necked stork has also been spotted at the swamp. Besides the prolific birdlife, Kumana is also home to some of the mammals found in the larger Yala National Park (west) such as elephants and leopards. The vegetation in Kumana consists mainly of mangrove trees, kumbuk trees and the karan fern, as well as the open marsh area.

  • Kumana NP is probably the most secluded but richest in diversity.
  • As per the legend, a god named Katharagama, worshipped by almost all the  communities in Sri Lanka, made his first landing close proximity to the Kumana National Park.
  • Kumana NP is a place where you have the opportunity to observe a spectacular variety of both migratory and resident birds.
  • Almost half of Sri Lanka’s bird species are found here and it serves as a feeding and resting ground for more than 35 species of migratory aquatic bird species.
  • Very rich in leopard and sloth bear populations – two of the flagship mammals in  Sri Lanka.
  • The Kumana National Park is located in close proximity to the surfing capital of Sri Lanka – Arugam Bay.
  • Possibility to do a full day or a half day safari into the Kumana National Park (full day Safari is highly recommended).
  • Guidance by an experienced birding guide makes this even more special.
  • You will first meet up with the Drivers in Sri lanka crew and your designated naturalist at the gate entrance to the Kumana National Park. For the morning half-day tour, the starting time will be at 6 a.m. while the afternoon tour begins at 2.30 p.m
  • After entering the national park with your naturalist/guide in a jeep, you will be able to spot several species of birds and other animals that have made their homes in this sanctuary. All you see will be professionally interpreted by our naturalist
  • You will be taken through most of the Kumana National Park, covering the wetlands, grasslands, forest patches, etc. We will make longer stops at certain watering holes for certain photography opportunities
  • We will stop at a designated spot overlooking a lake where you can get down, stretch your legs and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee prepared by our crew
  • Finishing the Safari, either round 11 a.m. or around 6 p.m. you will be dropped at the park entrance

Important

  • Suitable casual clothing for windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered
  • Insect repellents, sun-protection creams etc. are highly recommended
  • Cameras/video recordersto capture those amazing moments

Quick Facts

  • Preferred starting time of the tour is Morning:6.00a.m. or Afternoon: 2.30p.m.
  • Duration: Half day
  • Possible period – All around the year
  • Arrival and departure transport for any location could be arranged on request for an additional cost

Inclusions

  • Services of a local birding guide
  • Jeep cost
  • Entrance fee
  • Bottled water

Exclusions

  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to Eco Team representatives
  • Any personal effects not mentioned above

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Group discount price is available for group size 7 or more
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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