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Safari Kumana [Yala East National Park] National Park
Safari in Kumana, where legend, man and beast meet 

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Why should you book this trip?

  • Kumana NP is probably the most secluded but richest in diversity.
  • As per the legend, a god named Katharagama, worshipped by almost all the  communities in Sri Lanka, made his first landing close proximity to the Kumana National Park.
  • Kumana NP is a place where you have the opportunity to observe a spectacular variety of both migratory and resident birds.
  • Almost half of Sri Lanka’s bird species are found here and it serves as a feeding and resting ground for more than 35 species of migratory aquatic bird species.
  • Very rich in leopard and sloth bear populations – two of the flagship mammals in  Sri Lanka.
  • The Kumana National Park is located in close proximity to the surfing capital of Sri Lanka – Arugam Bay.
  • Possibility to do a full day or a half day safari into the Kumana National Park (full day Safari is highly recommended).
  • Guidance by an experienced birding guide makes this even more special.

 

STARTING FROM

 75 USD

PER PERSON

  1 PERSON   - 174 USD                          
   2 PERSONS - 108 USD PER PERSON  

    3 PERSONS - 86 USD PER PERSON     
    4 PERSONS - 75 USD PER PERSON     

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(+94) 70 222 8 222

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 Quick Facts

  • Preferred starting time of the tour is Morning:6.00a.m. or Afternoon: 2.30p.m.
  • Duration: Half day
  • Possible period - All around the year 
  • Arrival and departure transport for any location could be arranged on request for an additional cost

You will meet

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Keith

Keith is a young and hands-on naturalist who is bursting with enthusiasm for the work he does. Starting his volunteer work in his teenage years and having studied subjects pertaining to biodiversity, conservation and environmental degradation throughout his university career, he has stepped into the professional arena with a glowing portfolio of qualifications and field work. He is a dedicated animal handler, having worked closely with animals from a very young age, while he has also participated in and contributed to several research projects pertaining to matters of biodiversity.

 

 

Included in the price

  • Services of a local birding guide
  • Jeep cost
  • Entrance fee
  • Bottled water

 

Exclusions

  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to Eco Team representatives
  • Any personal effects not mentioned above

Tour in Brief

  • You will first meet up with the Sri Lanka Day Tours crew and your designated naturalist at the gate entrance to the Kumana National Park. For the morning half-day tour, the starting time will be at 6 a.m. while the afternoon tour begins at 2.30 p.m
  • After entering the national park with your naturalist/guide in a jeep, you will be able to spot several species of birds and other animals that have made their homes in this sanctuary. All you see will be professionally interpreted by our naturalist
  • You will be taken through most of the Kumana National Park, covering the wetlands, grasslands, forest patches, etc. We will make longer stops at certain watering holes for certain photography opportunities
  • We will stop at a designated spot overlooking a lake where you can get down, stretch your legs and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee prepared by our crew
  • Finishing the Safari, either round 11 a.m. or around 6 p.m. you will be dropped at the park entrance

 Important

  • Suitable casual clothing for windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered
  • Insect repellents, sun-protection creams etc. are highly recommended
  • Cameras/video recordersto capture those amazing moments

Kumana National Park (Yala East National Park)

Kumana is located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka.The 18,149-hectare national park (aka ‘Yala East’) is a well-known bird sanctuary where a multitude of birds can be spotted.One of the most significant features of the park is the ‘KumanaVillu’ – a 200-hectare natural swamp lake, fed by the ‘KumbukkanOya’ through a half mile long narrow channel.It is at this mangrove swamp that many water birds nest in May and June.

Almost half of Sri Lanka’s bird species are found here and it serves as a feeding and resting ground for more than 35 species of migratory aquatic bird species. Regular sightings include Pelicans, Painted Storks, Spoonbills, White Ibis, Herons, Egrets and Little Cormorants.

The very rare black-necked stork has also been spotted at the swamp. Besides the prolific birdlife, Kumana is also home to some of the mammals found in the larger Yala National Park (west) such as elephants and leopards. The vegetation in Kumana consists mainly of mangrove trees, kumbuk trees and the karan fern, as well as the open marsh area.

 

Feedback

We  booked two holidays with this company, one in 2014 and another in August 2017. We had great experiences on both holidays. In 2014 they booked us at a lovely cottage, beautifully located in the hill country with friendly staff and a great naturalist guide. For the recent holiday they put in touch with an excellent diving instructor who runs his own place and both my wife and I enjoyed three days of diving as well as got our PADI diving certificates. All in all, I think that they have a strong focus on finding high quality locations, good guides and other personnel. I would recommend them without hesitation.

Sandeep Mody – India - AUG 15-17

 

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