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Bundala National Park

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  • Hambantota
  1. A national park in Hambantota
    © BT Images
  2. A national park in Hambantota
    © BT Images
  3. A national park in Hambantota
    © BT Images
  4. A national park in Hambantota
    © BT Images

Time Out says

Bundala is well known as a preferred destination to see migratory birds in abundance.

Home to scrub jungle, wetlands, lagoons, salt pans, sand dunes and a long stretch of coast, Bundala National Park’s terrain is blessed with many faces of landscape in unison with unlimited yet protected fauna. 

Known for its incredible spectacles of migratory birds, the Park is a great friend to bird enthusiasts from the world over. While glimpses of elephants are not as common as the crocodiles (estuarine as well as saltwater), much anticipated are sightings of deer, langurs, the tusky (not to mention a tad touchy) wild boar, and even the spotted fishing cat.  

Although Bundala National Park is a fairly small area of sanctuary, nearly 30 square miles, its diversity of species is rich and therefore can be a quick safari trip if you want to make the most of the island’s wilderness in a short space of time. 

Bundala is accessible via many coastal cities: Hambantota, Galle, Matara and also through routes from southwestern regions: Ratnapura, Pelmadulla and Embilipitiya. Opportunities to visit the Park span throughout the year, with December being the month for bird watching expeditions. 


Locals: Rs 40 (adults), Rs 20 (children); Foreigners: Rs 1,297 (adults), Rs 650 (children)
Opening hours:
Daily 6am–4.30pm
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