Tourists must visit the Bunadala national park in Hambantota without denying. This scenic location is a reputed destination among Sri Lankan tourism sites. It expands approximately 6200 hectares. This widely beautiful park is in the south east of Sri Lanka. The park can be arrived about 250 km in distance from Colombo to the park through Hambanthota. The park was declared as the first ‘Ramsar wetland’ in Sri Lanka. Bundala is a haven for wildlife. It was denominated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and upgraded as a national park in 1993 again. Hereupon it is called as the 4th biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
The park is bordered by 4 insipid lagoons. The whole area is almost decorated by vividly colored species of birds that are looking for palatable harvests. Absolutely the lagoons areas are rich of aquatic birds and bio diversity. The greater flamingo is the remarkable bird of the migrants. The coastal area is mostly used by the sea turtles to lay their eggs during the night. It is recorded that 5 varieties of turtles are visiting the coasts. Over 200 species of birds including both migrant and resident birds are living together in the park. Perhaps you may see elephants strolling in the park. Greater flamingo, gray heron, sandpipers, jacana, painted stork, black necked stork and Parakeet are some of the birds that you will found here. If you can count, you will find about 197 species of birds. Regarding the mammals, you will find rusty spotted cat, wild boar, mouse deer, gray langur monkey, porcupine, pangolin and perhaps leopards. Wild life researchers say that about 32 varieties of mammals are in the park and 5 of them are threatened. Be care full of the large gangs of monkeys, traveling and jumping through the forest canopy above you. Further, this is the only place in Sri Lanka whereas you can observe crocodiles live in lagoons. Slowly moving Estuarine crocodiles and mugger crocodiles are not rare in the brackish water. Bundala national park is a great place edged with a land, the sea, and wetlands. Presently the national park is authorized to the Department of Wild Life Conservation.
Authorities will guarantee you that there is no ability to obvious human interventions in the park. You can travel and walk freely in the national park. But it is a must take a jeep or van to enjoy a safari adventure throughout the area. The route will be little bumpy but you are allowed to explore the richness of bio diversity. Few environmental projects are being carried out in the park. In detail, a turtle conservation project and an invasive alien plants eradication project is continued to secure the identity of the Bundala national park.