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Kumana National Park

The park was formerly known as Yala East before it was renamed in 2006. This is a much better option to visit rather than its neighbouring park, Yala, since it is not as popular and there aren’t as many safari jeeps crowding up the park! Only a 1 ½ hour drive from Arugam Bay, Kumana National Park is most famous for being one of the country’s leading bird-watching spots. In 1938 the Kumana Bird Sanctuary was founded within the national park, as over 255 bird species have been recorded in the park, which is also an important bird resting and breeding ground. Between April and July, tens of thousands of birds migrate to the Kumana swamp area, including rare species such as the black-necked stork and the Eurasian spoonbill. The park is also a wonderful place to see elephants and other wildlife.