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Bundala National Park

Address: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Hambantota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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L'Etang-Sale, Reunion Island
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Not really worth the money as all we saw were birds and you can see those around the lake of tissam...the entrance fee is high as usual in srilanka for tourists! Yala is better even if crowded. Actually bundala is less crowded but smaller so you still get the impression to be in a traffic jam.!

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Darwin, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This was the best of three national parks we visited in southern Sri lanka and we were lucky enough to see all the bird species on our list in just one morning. This national park is far less busy than Yale or undawalwe to its north but equal in splendour of the landscapes and wildlife to see. A reserve well... More 

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Good place to visit, beyond expectations. A good 4x4 wheel car is needed as a local driver. I found a very good one the Srimal Safari Jeep Service, even if we got stuck in the mood for a while ;-). Good price, very friendly. Booked using the mobile phone +9471 0976822 the day before.

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

After being disappointed with 3 previous safaris on this trip to Sri Lanka I had my fingers crossed that my last one at Bundala would be a winner. My wish came true, it provided excellent wildlife photograph opportunities. Large variety of stunning birds, elephants, jackals, mongooses, crocodiles etc plus. A must destination for all travelers IMO. Please note that Yala... More 

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This park is not so big as Yala but still it is nice to go here for half a day. We saw lots of birds here and one elephant. It was also nog so crowded here so thats good.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Was a wet day in a wetlands national park, but it managed to present a great abundance of birdlife life, especially of the aquatic type. Several species seem to be in every view. And there were so few visitors, as most head off to the better known Yala NP. Also seen were crocodiles, deer, wild pigs, a jackal and numerous... More 

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Denderhoutem, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This was one great safari. There are almost no visitors in this park, so you really have the feeling you're alone in the park. If you like birds, this is an amazing place, but there are also crocodiles, monkees, deer... The guide was also really good. We also went to Uda Walawe, which was also nice both not nearly as... More 

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Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This was my second national park to visit in Sri Lanka and i have to say i was great from start..arrive late evening and just get out of bus in front on shop i get guy who spoke english and he told me about this amazing place named lagoon inn very well established owner of the place get on my... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Very good park for bird lovers. We stayed at Happy beach guest house in Hambantota, which arranged the visit, including entrance fee, jeep, breakfast and a special bird guide.

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
40 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This was first visit to this national park and had a chance to see the animals and birds within close promixity. There was big variety of birds and monkeys, we also saw some elephants, deer and a herd of cattle grazing in the park very unusual. We were also very fortunate to see a herd of elephant with a baby... More 

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