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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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Wonderful place, particularly for birds

If you loathe crowds and love birdlife then this is the place to visit in preference to the tourist hell of Yala. Only criticism is that if you leave the reserve on a day pass... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you loathe crowds and love birdlife then this is the place to visit in preference to the tourist hell of Yala. Only criticism is that if you leave the reserve on a day pass there is no re-entry without paying a second time...there is no mention of this on the pass, or anywhere else.

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Thank Drph24
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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167 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Bundala is a well kept national park and there is no much crowd as every one likes to overcrowd the nearby Yala National Park. The private jeeps are quite comfortable and you can keep the tripod and camera ready for the action at ease. Bundala is a Ramsar wetland and you can see a variety of waders .. Pelicans, Open... More 

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Thank PRABHU60
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We intentionally avoided Yala as we don't like to torment wildlife. There were around 4 other jeeps we saw sometimes We saw 2 elephant families, jackals, crocodile, buffalo, peacocks, loads of birds, 3 species of monkeys. Stopped at beautiful beach for break, spoke to lobster fishermen Back to hotel for plunge in pool by 10am Brilliant morning

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the reserves in Sri Lanka where there is no jeep jam ! ,very gentle ride through lovely areas of scenic beauty,saw some fabulous eagles and birds and to top it off wild elephants,just hanging around. The absolute topping was heading up to the cliffs looking down on to the Indian Ocean and the fishing village , a pure... More 

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Toronto
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were disappointed with our trip into Bundala. Many of the roads in the park had flooded, which meant you couldn't get close to water areas ... where most of the birds are. Ended up driving along forested roads and not seeing anything. We saw way more birds in Uda Walawe. In fact, we saw more birds form our hotel... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a national park for people who, like us, are interested in birds. We were very fortunate to have a very knowledgeable park ranger join us on our trip. An excellent early morning trip.

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Kessel-Lo, Brabant, Belgium
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13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Top place for birders! It seems that the flamingo's are no longer comming to this area, but there are plenty of other big and smaller birds including several waders, the painted stork, great thick knee, three types of bee-eaters, ...

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Thank Krien H
Exeter, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did a 14:30 to 18:30 visit. Tons of bird life plus elephants, mongoose and crocs. Nice and peaceful and well worth going.

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Jaisalmer, India
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Me and my wife went to the Bundala National Park few days ago (Jan 2016). I heard nice things about the park (recommended in Lonely Planet), so we wanted to check it out. We had our own driver with a 4WD car who drove us from Tallala beach. When we reached the park, we were pointed to buy tickets which... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Bundala completely outdid our expectations- it was better than others we visited on our trip and we had a wonderful interaction with Elephants.

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