Kumana National Park
Kumana National Park
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Kumana National Park spreads over an area of 35,664 hectares. In the west, the park is bordered by River Kumubukkan Oya; to the south is south-eastern coast that runs to Panama. A 200 hectares mangrove swamp called “Kumana Villu” within the Park is subject to occasional inundation with sea water. It is at this swamp that many water birds nest, during the months of May and June. Scattered in the Kumana National Park are several water pools that are favorite spots of the wildlife: Kudawila wewa, Thummulla wewa and Kotalinda wewa.
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Exploring the Paradise
Colombo, Sri Lanka126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Kumana NP is one of the most peaceful parks where you can just enjoy nature and the animals in their natural habitat. Limited number of vehicles are in the park. The park has two Wildlife bungalows inside the park. Staying in one of those is a blessings since you have to drive for an hour from Arugambay/Pottuvil Area.

The park has so many leopards as well as a paradise for Birds. Migratory season is the best for Kumana. The road to the park (Kudumbigala area) is a bit of a tough one. If you have a jeep or SUV it would be ideal. Inside the park you can hire a jeep and go on Safari's

A park that is so much more peaceful than the Yala or the wildpattu.
Written May 10, 2021
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neil j
Colombo, Sri Lanka146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
the park is really good and less crowded but the road to it needs repairs very badly. it is a nightmare to travel to such a beautiful park. With Arugambey surf season coming up if our tourism paternity gets together and synergy it with Kumana safari, it will help a grade deal as Arigambay is more or less like Hikkaduwa now. the tallest but rare bird of Sri Lanka - black necked Stroke - and a leopard roaming around were seen in addition to numerous elephants and a majestic tusker .
Written April 21, 2023
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Shardha
Colombo, Sri Lanka124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Good sightings of wild life without disturbance from other park visitors. Plenty of unusual sightings besides the elephant, leopard, bear, wild boar, buffalo. We saw an eagle hunting down a lizard and two red mongoose digging out their breakfast snake.

The best way to enjoy the park is to book a camp site with generally luxury with extreamnaturetours.com
Written October 13, 2023
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john t
Stourbridge, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This National park which I think was called Yala East is a beautiful park with a good mixture of open park, large lakes/tanks and dense jungle. Very few jeeps enter the park so it is very relaxed and the animal/ bird life seems to completely oblivious to those. Similarly the jeep drivers are very relaxed and take plenty of time. Few vehicle tracks. Main problem is that the park entrance is 15-20 kilometres from Panama along a very rough dirt track. But well worth the effort. The local guides say the afternoon safaris are best for animals and the morning safaris for birds. We did one of each and didn’t notice a difference.
Written January 24, 2024
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charuka k
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
I would say this is my favourite park. We were lucky to see 4 leopard, 3 tuskers and lot of wild animals and lot of endemic birds and migrative birds in one day. Our trackers and Park owners were very supportive. Special thanks goes to Mr. Samaranayake for the support.
Written June 21, 2023
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Pavel from 2HungryWanderers.com
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Nice park with lots of animals, but not many tourists. Plenty of buffalos, wild pigs, deer, we also saw foxes, mongoose and an elephant. Myriad of birds, any bird lover will be thrilled.
Written July 31, 2020
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Cathy R
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited Arugambay and being an wildlife lover. ..I decided to visit Kumana national park. What a fantastic experience....I was fortunate enough to be taken there by Najeem Safari tours. Najeem was just the best guide for me. We saw plenty of Elephants and deer everywhere....lots of jackels, crocodiles,wild pigs, wild buffaloes and funny monitor lizards. Enjoyed it so much that I decided to return with Najeem safari tour for a nights camping experience. Well it was just amazing. ..we camped right next to a crystal clear river. The food was excellent. ..all very well organised. Recommended is a midnight swim in the river to the sounds of Elephants stomach rumbles. .call of the deer and odd leopard grunt. Awesome. To top it off, on the early morning drive was lucky enough to finally spot a leopard with 2 gorgeous cubs. What a treat. Will definitely return and go again with Najeem and his great sense of humour and knowledge of the bush. Thanks Najeem safari tours.
Written October 16, 2013
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RussellJohnston
32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Not a huge amount to see beyond water buffalo and peacocks, very very very busy with 4x4s bumper to bumper the whole way - yala west on the cheap
Written April 13, 2015
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NaturesMoments
Pickering, UK1,362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Oh my. We went here for Sloth bear and Leopard and were not disappointed. Its a bit of a drive to get here as we stayed at Arugum Bay so the drive is about 50 minutes but when we got here there was no one in the park and we hardly saw another vehicle in the whole of three days with six drives. One morning we spend 72 minutes with a leopard walking/sitting on rocks before it decided to get somewhere cooler to rest. No other vehicles! If you had been to Yala you would be lucky to get three minutes before another vehicles turns up. Did I mention the birds? Fantastic lagoons with wildlife everywhere. Owls, raptures etc.
Written July 26, 2015
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Dhanushka
Sri Lanka141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
The best wildlife park in Sri Lanka, it is about 8 hours drive from colombo. Quit a long drive but well worth it. The best way to experience the park is camping, try to get a good reputed camping expert like Xtream tours, and enjoy the wilderness at its best. You will feel the difference as soon as you enter in to the park, no vehicles so late back, most of all no mobile coverage so you are one with the nature. In my experience you will see more leopards in Kumana than Yala, but they are very shy so don't get disheartened if they ran away. It's just that they are not used to vehicles that much. In May, I saw 4 leopards at once, so it's well worth the trip.

Make sure to ask for a good guide from the Park office if you are travelling with your family, it's always better to talk to him and ask few basic questions about the park just to get an idea to assess him.

Nearest hotels would be in Arugam bay about 40km from the park, so if you are staying there early drive would be the best. Park also have a bungalow (Thummulla) which can be reserved through the DWC (Department of Wildlife Conservation), if you are to book the same you need to plan a month ahead, further details pls access the department's official website.

Thummulla bungalow is situated at a very good location, in front of a lake where you see loads of animal activities all day long. Clean place with real SriLankan authentic food. Really friendly staff who will attend to your needs and safety. Overall the best National park to visit in Sri Lanka.
Written July 18, 2015
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