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Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park
Bird Watching at Bundala National Park

Jeep Safari in Bundala National Park

We operate pre arranged Jeep Safaris in Bundala with drivers with good conduct and knowledge. We have half a day safaris in Bundala which spans between 3to 4 hours and full day safaris in Bundala which spans to 10- 12 hours. Eliminate your hassle to go through all procedures by sourcing you the entrance permission and tickets, Trekking and Jeeps cool boxes where you only pay flat per person rate. We assure you a hassle free smooth safari in Bundala when you book a safari jeep tour with us.

If you are planning to go on a Jeep Safari in Bundala National Park, it would ideal to couple up a three hour safari in Bundala National Park which can be easily accessible from Yala or Thissamaharama area within 30 to 40 minutes drive. Bundala is famous for its bird population and landscape vistas, a must place for bird watching enthusiasts for a well earned bird watching jeep sfari in Bundala.

Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground in Sri Lanka for migratory water birds. Bundala harbors 197 species, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala National Park became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 Bundala National Park was designated as abiosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 km southeast of Colombo. A jeep safari in Bundala National Park is well worth the money you pay for a natinal park of this importance in bio diversity.

About 100 species of water birds inhabit the wetland habitats in Bundala, half of them being migrant birds. Greater Flamingo which visits in large flocks of over 1,000 individuals, from Rann of Kutch of India is being the highlight in the past. Other water birds which are present in large numbers include Lesser Whistling Duck, Garganey, Little Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Grey Heron, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill Asian Openbill, Painted Stork, medium sized waders, Tringa subspecies, and small waders, Charadrius subspecies. Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant and Eurasian Coot are rare birds inhabit in the national park. A bird watching jeep safari in Bundala National Park is a must for any bird watching traveller visiting Sri Lanka.

The forest is an important habitat for the endangered Sri Lankan Elephant, the largest subspecies of Asian Elephant. Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Sri Lankan Leopard, Wild boar, Indian Gray Mongoose, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Axis Deer, Small Indian Civet, Golden Jackal, and Indian Crested Porcupine are the other mammals found in the park. A jeep safari in Bundala, will not dissapoint you with the quantity of wildlife it has to offer in such a small park.

Frequently Asked Questions about Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is a birdwatchers paradise. Bundala National park is internationally recognized as a wintering ground for the migratory aquatic birds in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated in the Tissamaharama Road in the Hambantota city. It is also located 245 kilometers southeast of Colombo. Bundala national park is home for more than 200 different bird species. There are endemic birds inside the Bundala national park. The Bundala National Park is only one of its kinds and offers you the chance to see estuarine, saltwater and freshwater crocodiles on a same safari. Bundala national park is overlooked in favor of Yala, Udawalwe or even Kumana. All these other parks are good to see bigger animals such as elephants, sloth bears, Leopards. But when it comes to birding Bundala national park plays a major host spot. Bundala national park is less visited park and this means that you can enjoy wildlife without overflowing crowd like in Yala. Coupled with this fact Bundala national park has exceptional flora and fauna and this enhance to attractiveness of the park to the tourists. Bundala national park has been created in 1969 as a wildlife sanctuary and 1993 it was designated as a National Park. Bundala National Park has been the first ever wetland to proclaim as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. Besides, UNESCO had chosen the Bundala National Park as a biosphere reserve in 2005 and on that it became the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.

Distance to Bundala National Park from Major Travel Destinations

Bird watching at Bundala National Park

What are the routes to Bundala National Park?

You can reach the Bundala National Park from Colombo by three different routes – along the coast via Galle, Matara, Tangalle, Hambantota (160miles) and also passing through Ratnapura, Pelmadulla, Embilipitiya, and Hambantota (152miles). Furthermore, you can also reach this national park by catching the Southern Expressway. First, depart the expressway in Galle and go carry on onwards passed Matara and Tangalle. It will take three or four hours to reach the park from Colombo. Additionally, you can also journey by taxi and you have to take a taxi from the Colombo (Peliyagoda) and reach Hambantota first. From Hambantota, you can easily reach the park by road.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park

What is the Bundala National Park opening time?

Bundala National Park is open daily from 6:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening. The last entry time is 4:30 pm in the evening.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park
How to get to Bundala National Park?

The nearest town to Bundala National Park is Tissamaharama or simply known as Tissa. Bundala national park is merely 30 minutes away from Tissamaharama. Bundala National Park is located in Sri Lanka’s southern province and it is around 270 km away from the Colombo.
You cannot visit Bundala National park from train because there is no railways near Bundala National Park. The best way to get to Bundala is by using public transport as bus or hire a chauffeur driven vehicle or rent a self-drive vehicle. Once you reached Tissamaharama it is easy to visit Bundala National park you can arrange a Safari ride with us. We can pick you from your accommodation in Tissamaharama, Kataragama or Situlpawwa area.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park
Best time to visit Bundala National Park?

The best time to visit Bundala national park will be in between from September to March where you can witness lots of migratory birds. If you choose to visit the Bundala national park between these months you are so lucky because you can witness great verities of birds in a single place.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park
How is the weather of Bundala National Park?

The weather of the Bundala National Park is classified as hot and dry weather with an average temperature of 28 °C. Also, the yearly average rainfall in the national park is 1075 mm.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park
What are the safari times in Bundala National Park?

There are two main safari slots when it comes to bird watching in Bundala national park.
Morning Bird watching Safari in Bundala national park – starts from 6:00 am to 10:00 am, if you are an avid birdwatcher it’s good to choose morning safari slot because birds are more active in this time in the day.
Afternoon Bird watching safari in Bundala national park – starts from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
You can witness most of the birds in this time frame also. In the evening birds gather around waterholes before going to their nests. In afternoon you will be able to see few elephants also.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park
How is the weather of Bundala National Park?

The weather of the Bundala National Park is classified as hot and dry weather with an average temperature of 28 °C. Also, the yearly average rainfall in the national park is 1075 mm.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park
What are the birds that you can witness in Bundala national park?

Bundala national park is home for around 200 species of migratory birds which gather in Bundala from all around the world. The most highlighted bird among these migratory birds is the Great Flamingo. There are other endemic birds such as Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka wood shrike and brown capped babbler. There are migratory birds such as Marsh and Curlew Sandpipers, Common Redshank, Kentish Plovers, Lesser and Large Sand Plovers, Red necked Phalarope, Little stints and the Broad billed Sandpiper. There are bee-eaters, strokes, ibis, hornbills, spoonbills, kingfishers, white bellied sea eagle and crested serpent eagle.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park
What are the other animals can be seen in Bundala National Park?

Apart from birdlife there are few notable species found within Bundala national park including Elephants, Toque macaques and Purple face Langurs (monkeys), Jacakls, fishing cat, wild boar, deer, crocodiles, monitor lizards, several numbers of snakes and more. Some say there are Leopards in Bundala national park but the rangers say it’s very rare to spot one.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park
Bird watching in Bundala National Park

When we speak about bird watching in Sri Lanka after the Kumana National Park the next main place to watch birds is Bundala National Park. Bundala National Park is situated in the southern province close to Hambantota. Bundala National Park is considered one of the most important birding destinations in Sri Lanka. Bundala National Park was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and it was declared as a National Park in 1993. It is located 251 km southeast of the capital city of Colombo, and can be reached from various tourist destinations around the country. For those travelling from Colombo the route is via Galle, Matara and Hambantota and from Kandy via Badulla. The climate at Bundala is hot and dry at most times, with average temperatures at 27 degrees Celsius during the months of May to September, with plenty of migratory birds arriving between September and March.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park

When you are doing bird watching in Bundala National Park you will know that around 6,218 hectares landscape in made up with thorny scrubland, marshes, lagoons, waterways and dunes. This makes Bundala National Park is inviting destination for thousands of migratory birds. There are some of the long distance migrants flying from all the way from winter countries to the Bundala National Park.Bundala National Park has become an important place for migratory birds because of the countries geographical location. Sri Lanka being just below the southern tip of Indian subcontinent makes it the final destination in their long journey across the ocean.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park

The park boasts of nearly 200 species of birds, of which 150 are endemic and the rest migratory. Amongst the migratory birds are the Petite Blue Tailed bee-eaters, flocks of Flamingos, Brown Flycatcher, Sandpipers, Barn Swallow, Water Fowl, Common Redshank, the Lesser Sand Plover and Forest Wagtail. The complex wetland system within the park, now declared as Sri Lanka’s first ‘Ramsar’ site (identified as an important wetland in the network of international wetlands) and declared a biosphere reserve by UNECO in 2005, is a haven to a number of aquatic birds such as the migratory Greater flamingo (large flocks of over 1000 birds), Ibis, Painted storks, Terns, Gulls and Ducks and the resident water birds such as Ppelicans, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Stilts and Storks.

Bird watching at Bundala National Park

It has been observes by bird lovers and nature enthusiasts that these migratory birds stop over at the same site every year as birds are believed to follow established migratory routes which are well defined over long distances.

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