1 Mahoora Camps at KumanaHistorical birdwatching experience in a 3rd century bird park – Kumana National Park

Birdwatch in the ancient 18,000-hectare Kumana National Park, with a 200-hectare swamp serving as breeding grounds to everything from the rare yellow-footed green pigeon to the greater racket-tailed drongo.

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Why should you book this trip?

  • Kumana National Park is probably the most secluded but amazingly rich in diversity.

  • As the legend goes, a god named Katharagama worshipped by almost all the communities in Sri Lanka, made his first landing in the vicinity of the Kumana National Park.

  • The Kumana bird sanctuary is home to a spectacular variety of both migratory and resident birds.

  • Almost half of Sri Lanka’s bird species have been recorded here.

  • This bird haven also serves as a feeding and resting ground to more than 35 species of migratory aquatic bird species - escaping northern winters.

  • Three of Big Five mammals in Sri Lanka, the elusive Sri Lankan Leopard, Sloth Bear and the majestic Elephant are visibly seen here.

  • The Kumana National Park is located in close proximity to the surfing hotspot of Sri Lanka – Arugam Bay. The Kumana Tour can easily be arranged en route to the surfing hotspot.

  • Flexibility in opting for a Full Day or Half Day Safari at the Kumana National Park (Full Day Safari is highly recommended).

  • You will be accompanied by an experienced birding guide, whose experiences and knowledge of the Park, promises to make this an eventful and engaging bird watching tour.




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Included in the price

  • Services of a local birding guide

  • Jeep cost

  • Entrance fee

  • Bottled water

  • All applicable Govt taxes



  • 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 you to indulge in photography.

  • A stop at a designated spot will also occur, 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.


  • Suitable casual clothing for windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered.

  • Insect repellents and sun-protection creams are recommended items to carry.

  • All electronic devices should be securely carried.

Kumana National Park (Yala East National Park)

Located in south eastern Sri Lanka and Kumana National Park boasts of over 18,000 hectares. A significant feature of the Park is the ‘Kumana VIllu’, a 200 hectare natural swamp lake which is fed by the ‘Kumbukkan Oya’ through a half mile long narrow channel. Kumana is a rich bird sanctuary and it is at this mangrove swamp that many water birds nest in May and June.

The biodiversity of Kumana is spectacular as almost half of Sri Lanka’s bird species are found here. The Kumana sanctuary also serves as a feeding and resting ground for more than 35 species of migratory aquatic bird species. Bird lovers will enjoy the regular sightings of: Pelicans, Painted Storks, Spoonbills, White Ibis, Herons, Egrets and Little Cormorants.

The very rare Black-necked Stork has also been spotted at the swamp. While birdlife is prolific and stunning, Kumana is also home to some of the mammals found in the larger and neighbouring Yala National Park (Yala West) such as Elephants and Leopards. The landscape at this bird sanctuary comprises mainly of open marsh areas, mangrove trees, majestic Kumbuk trees and the Karan fern.


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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