Discover Kumana National Park: Less crowded than Yala with excellent sightings of leopards and sloth bears, amidst serene landscapes.

3 Hours

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.

Kumana National Park?

  • Experience sightings of three of Sri Lanka's Big Five mammals: the elusive Sri Lankan Leopard, the Sloth Bear, and the majestic Elephant.
  • Enjoy private and less crowded safari experiences.
  • Kumana National Park, known for its remote location, offers diverse habitats and hosts 255 recorded bird species, including migratory and resident birds.
  • According to legend, the god Kataragama made his first landing near Kumana National Park, revered by communities across Sri Lanka.
  • The park serves as a sanctuary for over 35 species of migratory aquatic birds escaping harsh northern winters.
  • Nearly half of Sri Lanka's bird species are documented here.
  • Kumana National Park is close to Arugam Bay, a popular surfing destination in Sri Lanka. The Kumana Tour can be easily arranged while visiting this surfing hotspot, making it one of the best options among the things to do in Arugam Bay.
  • Choose between full-day or half-day safaris (Full Day Safari recommended).
  • Expert Driver cum Trackers ensure an engaging bird-watching tour with their extensive knowledge of the park.
  • Combine your Morning Safari with a visit to Kudumbigala Monastery to witness a stunning sunrise from atop the rock.

Kumana National Park Safari Tour in Brief

Day 1 :

You will first meet the Sri Lanka Day Tours crew at a designated spot in Arugam Bay or Potuvil. Or meet us at the gate.
For the morning half-day tour, the safari begins at 6 a.m., while the afternoon safari starts at 3:00 p.m. from the park entrance. We pick you up from Arugam Bay at 4:30 a.m. for the morning safari and at 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon safari.
Upon entering Kumana National Park, you'll have the opportunity to spot several species of birds, including the rare Black-necked Stork, and other wildlife that inhabit this sanctuary.
Explore diverse habitats such as wetlands, grasslands, and forest patches across Kumana National Park, known for its resident leopards, sloth bears, elephants, and crocodiles. We'll make extended stops at watering holes for optimal photography opportunities.
At a designated lakeside spot, take a break to stretch your legs and enjoy refreshments provided by our crew.
The safari concludes around 11 a.m. or 6 p.m., with drop-off either at the park entrance or back in Arugam Bay itself.

Our Services Include

  • Entry Permits to Kumana National Park
  • Cost of the Private Jeep for the Safari
  • Return Transportation from Arugambay in the same jeep
  • Water & Snacks during the safari
  • Fee for the government tracker
  • All applicable Govt taxes

Our Services do not Include

  • Transportation upto & beyond Arugambay
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned above
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 3 travel reviews
Very Good
  1. A Haven for Avian Enthusiasts
    By Antonio
    from Sri Lanka
    February 2, 2024
    We travelled in Jauary 2024 and we stayed in Arugambay to visit Kumana National Park. It was a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. With less jeeps and crowds, we were able to spot many birds and other animals. With its diverse habitats ranging from lagoons to grasslands, the park supports an astonishing array of bird species, making it a must-visit destination for ornithologists.
    Date of Experience: January 19, 2024
  2. Exceptional Bird Diversity
    By Martin
    from New Zealand
    November 23, 2023
    One of the best parks we visited in Sri Lanka. Less visitors and calm and peacfull safari. The park is particularly renowned for its large populations of waterbirds, including pelicans, storks, egrets, and herons. Visitors can witness spectacular gatherings of these birds at the park's lagoons, creating an unforgettable spectacle. The only negative aspect is the distance. It took approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Arugama Bay to Park.
    Date of Experience: November 07, 2023
  3. Not only birding, but also many other wild encounters
    By David Constable
    from Sri Lanka
    August 24, 2023
    While bird watching was our primary intention, we had the opportunnity to spot other wildlife as well. We saw a few elephants, a leopard, a sloth bear, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. The park's scenic beauty, with its rolling hills and shimmering lagoons, adds to the overall experience. No crowds at all.
    Date of Experience: August 17, 2023

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Discover Kumana National Park: Less crowded than Yala with excellent sightings of leopards and sloth bears, amidst serene landscapes.
From $150
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $98
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $81
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $73
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $67
/ Adult - 5 or More people
  • SLDT/1702/BW03
  • 3 Hour
  • Arugambay
  • Morning Safari at 4.30am / Afternoon Safari at 1.30pm from Arugambay
  • 48 hours
  • Throughout the Year


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