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Bundala National Park

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Address: Tissamaharam Road, Hambantota | Bird Sanctuary, Hambantota 82002, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 773690171
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Crocs, birds and monkeys

We visited bundala on our way from rekawa to tissa. It cost about 25NZD a head for entry. (Our ticket meant we could invite our taxi driver, Suni, along for the ride.) Another 70... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visited bundala on our way from rekawa to tissa. It cost about 25NZD a head for entry. (Our ticket meant we could invite our taxi driver, Suni, along for the ride.) Another 70 NZD for our driver and an official guide for a three hour safari seemed well worth it. Although we saw a great deal of fresh elephant... More 

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Kent UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Visited here in the afternoon after visting Yala. This was 10 times better. We passed only one other jeep but at Yala there were traffic jams. On entering the park there was a tree just covered in monkeys. We saw so many elephants. We also saw lots of crocodiles eating their catch of baby buffalo. The birds were amazing and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Much less crowded compared to Yala so felt more like a safari. Had a wonderful Half an hour trailing and observing a large male elephant eating, walking then sitting in a mud hole and 'washing' himself in mud. The most wonderful array of birds I have ever seen. We sat at one lake, no other jeeps there, and identified so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The dry season now, we were taken on a safsri jeep around the wetlands, driver and guide so passionate about the birds and animals, pointing out and naming the different species, bonus was the painted stork, 2 salt water crocs, black face nice monkeys water buffalo, we also stoped to veiw the ocean , reflecting on the time the tsunami... More 

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Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A paradise for bird watchers, but you can see the occasional elephant and deer too. Lots of peacocks, painted storks, purple swamphens (Kithala) and cranes. Mostly overlooked by local tourists but this is a precious place to visit and a most thrilling but soothing tour of around 4 hours!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

None of the big mammals but great for bird watching. The park has lovely aquatic landscapes combining marshland, lagoon, and dry scrub jungle and beaches.

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Cairns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

It is a little visited National Park with beautiful billabongs full of lotus flowers; the birdlife is amazing as is the mammal diversity. One of our favourite National Parks in Sri Lanka

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This National Park is a little gem. It is near the more famous Yala National Park but has a lovely atmosphere all of its own. We spotted loads of birds including kites, eagles, spoonbills and kingfishers plus lots of animals including deer, crocodiles, elephants and wild boar. Our guide was great. Well worth a visit if you are visiting Yala.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you want to see birds I would recommend this as the place to go. My adult son and I travelled to Bundala National Park early arriving just at sunrise. Early morning was a good choice both for the light and for seeing a large number of animals and birds. The park provided a guide who was very knowledgeable about... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is a lovely example of unspoiled coastal park on a tropical island. The birds were abundant and many different coastal birds were represented. We only passed another jeep twice during our stay. That meant we saw monitor lizards, many different ground birds, elephants, and crocs. Having the guide in addition to the driver was a great decision since the... More 

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