Located about fifteen kilometres east of Hambantota (a similar distance west of Tissamaharama), Bundala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s foremost destinations for birdwatchers, protecting an important area of coastal wetland famous for it’s abundant aquatic (and other) birdlife. In 2005 the park was designated as the fourth biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Bundala was also the first site to be designated as a Ramsar wetland in Sri Lanka. the most famous visitors being the greater flamingoes which arrive in large flocks up to a thousand birds at a time covering the entire area of the central Bundala lagoon with a threadbare pinkish carpet, indeed a sight to behold. Bundala contains seven terrestrial habitat types and six wetland types. The lakes are dominated by blue-green algae, Hydrilla and water lilies. Bundala is home to 324 species of vertebrates and 52 species of invertebrates. This includes 197 species of birds, 48 species of reptiles, 32 species of fish 32 species of mammals and 15 species of amphibians. Also, Bundala is an ideal hot spot for bird watching enthusiast worldwide.
Bring your binoculars for better up-close views of the Birds!
It is possible to visit the park all year round. The best time to visit Bundala National Park is between September and March when the migratory birds arrive; early morning is the best time of day, though the park is also rewarding in the late afternoon.
The Park is home to 324 species of vertebrates and 52 species of invertebrates. This includes 197 species of birds, 48 species of reptiles, 32 species of fish 32 species of mammals and 15 species of amphibians.
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The prime time for visits is September and March.
The mean annual temperature is 27°C and annual rainfall ranges from 900 to 1,300 millimetres. The dry period persists from May to September.
you’re better off going on a 4-hour morning tour, 4-hour afternoon tour or full-day 12hour safari jeep tour, to guarantee that you will see a lot of migratory water Birds, Elephants, Crocodiles, Peacocks and many other animals at Bundala National Park.
Whisper at sightings, a loud human voice may disturb animals and cause them to charge their behavior and movements Be conscious of wrappers and other litter flying out of your vehicle Always keep children under strict supervision and never allowed to wonder away Never feed the animals and always keeps a safe distance from them