THE KUMANA NATIONAL PARKadmin
The Kumana National Park, which is situated in the East Coast of SriLanka is considered as one of the best bird sanctuaries in Asia. It is located 391 Km away from Colombo while covering nearly 35,665 hectares. Certainly, Kumana is a paradise home for an enormous endemic and endangered species of birds, where out of the country’s 400 birds, 225 call Kumana their home.
Beauty of the Kumana can be discovered also from the natural mangrove swamp, the “Kumana Villu”. This is surrounded with a plenty of tanks and lagoons where a thousands of birds, nest and breed. Consequently, many birds migrate to the swamp to delight the bird watchers mostly between the months of April to July.
By naming Black Necked Storks and Yellow Footed Green Pigeons are very rare migrants whereas Eurasian Spoonbill and Wood Sandpipers are frequent travellers. So far, out of all the 430 bird species, bird watchers have been able to capture only about 200.
Nevertheless, Kumana also welcomes large flocks of migratory birds such as Asian Open Bill, White-breasted Water Hen, Lesser Whistling Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Weathercock, Purple Swamp Hen, Duck Black-crowned Night Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Spot-billed Pelican, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Common Moorhen and Little Grebe. Some of the rare migrants are Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Malabar Trogon and Red-faced Malkoha.
There is no such best time to visit Kumana as it totally depends on your interests. At the meantime, you may encounter with the wild life, Leopards, in your safari ride between March and October whereas you may witness the migratory Water Fowl flock, to the lagoons in Kumana and Yala between November and January.
After all, December is declared as the National Bird Watching month out of the rest. Therefore, you are not late yet to discover this amazing journey along with your loved ones. Indeed, let’s make it happen!