Many tourists don’t know that most of the area they cross when joining a safari in Bundala National Park does actually belong to the Wilmanna sanctuary. When the Bundala National Park was restructured and mainly divided into two parts, viz. a reduced national park area and the adjacent Wilmanna Sanctuary, which was opened in January 2006. With 3,300 hectares it’s almost of equal size as the national park. The main difference is: Bundala National Park consists mainly of lagoons and water surfaces, whereas Wilmanna sanctuary is mainly dry zone scrubland dotted with numerous small ponds. Both areas are habitats for various bird species in particular.