While names like Yala, Minneriya and Wilpattu are popular when it comes to national parks in Sri Lanka, you would be wise to also make time to explore another wildlife sanctuary in Bundala. Not convinced? Read on for more!

Getting There

The Bundala National Park can be found 10 km from the city of Hambantota and is easy to reach from Sri Lanka luxury resorts or budget hotels in the island’s deep south. Also close by is the town of Tissamaharama which is 18 km away.

Migratory Birds

A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Bundala has recorded around 200 bird species of which migratory birds are amongst the highlights, especially the large flocks of greater flamingos that arrive here. Those visiting the park on excursions organised by the likes of Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort can expect to see plovers, ducks, stints and terns as well.

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Other Birds

Bird lovers can also look forward to seeing a range of other aquatic birds including pelicans, egrets, storks and teals. The Sri Lankan junglefowl and the Brown-capped Babbler are amongst the endemic species one can spot here.

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Wildlife Abounds

The Bundala National Park is not all about birds and it is one of the best places in the country to see mugger and estuarine crocodiles. Apart from a small number of elephants, the park is home to toque macaques, spotted deer, porcupines, wild buffaloes and four turtle species too.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+