RAMSAR Wetland Sanctuary

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park, nestled in the southern reaches of Sri Lanka, is a premier destination for bird enthusiasts and nature photographers alike. From September to March, the park transforms into a bustling hub of avian activity, as migratory birds traverse vast distances to find refuge in the park’s unique ecosystem of brackish lagoons, known locally as ‘lewaya‘.

RAMSAR Wetland Sanctuary

The park is renowned for its flocks of pink flamingos, a critical, last remaining habitat for these birds on the island, and the sight of wild peacocks adorning the rosewood trees adds to the park’s allure. Moreover, the possibility of encountering elephants, two varieties of crocodiles, and the elegant spoonbills adds to the visit, making Bundala a truly enriching encounter with nature’s wonders.

Elephant numbers here range from 15 to 60, depending on the season with December being the best month. Bundala also has civets and giant squirrels among other smaller mammals.

Between October and January, four of Sri Lanka’s five species of marine turtles (olive ridley, green, leatherback and loggerhead) lay their eggs on the coast.

While it may not boast the same picturesque vistas as Yala, this vast maze of waterways, lagoons and dunes glitter like gold in the dying evening sun. Bundala offers a more serene alternative, where the tranquillity enhances your wildlife experience.

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