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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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A little unexplored gem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Cairns
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This was a highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. We were staying in Mirissa so got up very early (left at 4am) to arrive at Bundala for a beautiful sunrise. It was well worth it! We'd heard about how busy Yala and even Udawalawe often were so decided to go for the smaller and less frequently visited option of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We visited Bundala on our APT India and Sri Lanka cruise on Ms. Island Sky and did the 4WD tour of the park. Our guide on the ship said we might not see much wildlife, however we were delighted with what we saw during our short stay. This included lots of monkeys, a Mongoose, Monitor Lizard, a huge Hare (or... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Great place if you like birds and an occasional elephant. We saw many many birds and liked the quietness compared to Yala.

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Helsinki, Finland
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We had an early morning safari in Bundala and after 1,5 days in Yala I found it very peaceful and relaxing as there wasn't so many jeeps around (alltogether maybe five). The park is way smaller than Yala but we still managed to see wild rabbits, different kind of monkeys of all ages, crocodiles, a jackal, land monitors, water bffalos... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We decided to have morning tour in Bundala on top of few days in Yala to see a bit different park. Bundala is very small and like many mentioned, mostly interesting for anybody looking to see birds. Otherwise I felt it quite dull without anything special, I would not go again, as birds are not my cup of tea.

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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

You must be there as early as possible to watch birds. Most are migratory and rest are native. If you have a Bird guide please refer it.

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