Kumana National Park
Kumana National Park is located In the Southeastern part of Sri Lanka. Bordered by the Kumbukkan Oya the park is a paradise for birds. Flocked with waterfowl and wading birds the park is the largest bird nesting and feeding ground in Sri lanka. Kumana is home to more than 260 bird species, makes it a must place to visit on your next trip to Ampara. You should not miss the spectator view of the migrating birds entering the park’s swamp area during the months of April to July. Birds species namely, Adjutant, Eurasian, and Black-necked Stork migrate to this park flying thousands of miles away from countries like Russia and Siberia
Bird species widely found in the park are; Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Asian Open bill, Indian Pond Heron,Intermediate Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Egret, Spot-billed Pelican, Little Cormorant, Water cock, Purple Swamphen, Great Egret, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Black-winged Stilt, Common Moorhen, Indian Cormorant, Sirkeer Malkoha, Pacific Golden Plover-while, Greater Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Lesser Sand Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Wood little Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Lesser Whistling Duck and Little Grebe.
Even though the park is unpopular for its animals, keep your camera ready at all times since you could still spot elephants, leopards, jackals, wild boar and fishing cats. The dry land part of the forest’s vegetation is conquered by trees such as satinwood, Iron wood, golden shower and mustard trees. Camping in Kumana National park had become a craze amongst the nature enthusiast. The Department of Wildlife has demarked five campsites close to water tanks within the park, booking has to be done well in advance. Among the sites, the Gal Amuna Camp Site next to Kumbukkan Oya is the best.
Wildlife safari, Bird watching, explore, camping, hiking and photography
The ideal time to visit the park is from march to September. Not recommended to visit during a rainy day
Taking a pet will be inconvenient for you