Kumana National Park is the smaller brother of Sri Lanka’s most famous wildlife Park, which is Yala alias Ruhunu National Park. In fact, Kumana borders Yala to the east. The area of Kumana National Park was formerly known as Yala East.
Kumana National Park can be accessed only from the east, the main gate is near Okanda. Most visitors arrive from Arugam Bay. An expedition in Kumana National Park does not offer as many exciting big game sightings as the standard safari in Yala Block 1. However, Kumana is less frequented by tourist jeeps and that’s why many visitors enjoy the untouched landscape of Kumana even more. Chances to observe crocodiles are even better than in Yala. Kumana, which was formerly a bird sanctuary, is famous for ist birdlife in particular. Actually, this national park is area where more bird species occur than in any other part of Sri Lanka.
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