Directly to the east of Yala, Kumana National Park is a bit of hidden gem for wildlife enthusiasts, being off the main route and really only accessible for those staying in chilled out Arugam Bay.  Traditionally known for its birdlife, recently our team have been experiencing more and more leopard sightings in this beautiful park. The reason for the abundance of birdlife here in particular is the large (200 hectare) natural swamp lake, known as ‘Kumana Villu’, where you can see many water birds such as pelicans, storks, ibis, herons, egrets and spoonbills, particularly during the nesting season in May and June.

To get to Kumana from Arugam Bay it is around an hours’ drive and a wildlife safari is highly recommended if you are spending a few days in the area.   

Experiences to Inspire in Kumana National Park