Bundala National Park in Sri Lanka is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It is estimated that over 197 species of birds gather within its environs. Large flocks of greater flamingos which often include over 1,000 birds are quite prominent among the avifauna. These feathered visitors come to the park from India. Cormorants, Asian openbills, painted storks, and lesser whistling ducks are commonly spotted in Bundala as well. In addition, species like the lesser adjutant, Eurasian coot, and black-necked stork can also be seen here with ease. Needless to say, the destination is certainly a bird lover’s paradise!
Bundala National Park was declared as the first Ramsar wetland in the country. This haven of perfect beauty is regarded as an outstanding Important Bird Area. It has also been designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
A visitor to Bundala will not just witness the glory and enchantment of birds as the area fosters a rich biodiversity too. You may come across elephants, common langurs, leopards, jackals, fishing cats, porcupines, and mugger crocodiles so keep your eyes peeled! This certainly is a place that allows you to relish the sensation of being at one with nature.
The world famous Yala National Park is located in close proximity from Bundala.