A Birdwatching Highlight

Bundala National Park is one of the best national parks for bird watching, with over 193 recorded bird species including migratory birds. Thousands of migrant birds reach the island every year including the flamingos. A morning safari at Bundala is an ideal place for bird lovers. The Park features a series of lagoons which are an important habitat for wintering water birds. It is due to this fact that Bundala was declared Sri Lanka’s first Ramsar wetland. The best time to visit the Bundala National Park is between August and April when shore bird numbers can reach as high as 20,000. Bundala National Park is a mix of scrub jungle and sand dunes bordering the sea. Its beaches are important nesting sites for turtles. 383 species of plants, including six endemics and 7 species which are considered threatened in Sri Lanka.


Bundala National Park is also home to 32 different species of mammals, five of which are classified as threatened. These include the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sambar, Barking and Spotted Deer. Bundala is also the only national park where you can see both marsh and estuarine crocodiles on the same safari drive.

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