Bundala National Park
Bundala National Park
4.5
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks.[1] Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993.[2]also you can see crocadiles and elephants & forest birds
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • FellowTraveler532969
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best safari trip with Srimal
    The best safari we went on in Sri Lanka. Srimal was an excellent guide who spotted an incredible number of birds and animals, we could not have enjoyed our trip more with him. Bundala is a secret treasure whose beauty unfolds as you travel around the park.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Philippa J
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden secret in Bundala
    We had the most wonderful trip with Srimal. It was a wet day and we weren't sure how much wildlife we would see. We saw SO much. Srimal was extremely knowledgable and you could tell how much he cares for and respects the animals that live in the park. He has lived next to it his whole life. We saw kingfishers, pelicans, painted storks, mongoose, crocodiles, black-faced langurs and wild boar. The highlight was a fantastic encounter with a male elephant who came right up to the jeep. We then saw him have a mud bath right in front of us. It was incredible. We saw one other jeep the whole time we were in the park. You don't get that in Yala. Would 10/10 recommend Srimal's safari. To book yours....here are Srimal's details: Khsrimal@yahoo.com 0094779599397
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Gerald G
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful day in Bundala
    Bundala park was really a wonderful experience (impressive landscape, animals you can see, not overcrowded) and not only interested for ornithologists. You can discover also elefants, buffalos, monkeys, lizzards, and more. I had a 3 hours afternoon tour, only with a driver, without a tracker. My driver was Ishan and he did a really good job. Although he had to drive the jeep under difficult conditions (muddy surface), he could find a lot of birds and other animals. And he also tried to give some more informations about the animals and their habitat. Simultaneous he also gave me the time to enjoy these special moments. Thank's Ishan!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 December 2023
  • breesworld
    Goldau, Switzerland121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bundala is thriving with wildlife!
    Bundala is a gem! We went there early mornings and there were birds everywhere. We also saw some crocodiles, buffalos, monitor lizards and monkeys. We did a safari with Chaminda, +94 71 309 5115 who I can highly recommend. He's very friendly and passionate about the wildlife and great at spotting them too. Our breakfast stop by the beach was stunning!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 December 2023
  • P P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bundala NP is a must see
    I visited 3 national parks in Sri Lanka and I like Bundala most! Even I saw bear, leopard and elephants in Yala there was not such a calm atmosphere as in Bundala. Hightly recommend to people who loves nature, animals and dont like chasing them. I never seen so many birds as in Bundala park! I took safari with Srimal (+94 779599397) who is local guide and with his knowledge about animal he made me amazing experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 December 2023
  • HeleneEH1
    Dorset, United Kingdom182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best National Park without crowds
    We visited 4 National Parks and in our opinion this was the best place to see nature at its best without the crowds and lots of jeeps. No problems to stop and observe and no queuing jeeps. We’ve been in Sri Lanka for two weeks and had already identified at least 50 species of birds but at Bundala we were helped by our guide to see another 21 species! Even spotted some yellow bittens and a black bittern, a blue faced malkoha, southern coucal, black crowned night heron, osprey and striated green heron to name a few. We went early in the morning so not too hot. Even had little look at the Indian Ocean. Highly recommend if you like bird watching. We also saw crocodiles, mongoose, tufted grey langurs and wild boar. .
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Denise D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Srimal was an amazing guide. His driver made the journey around the park comfortable. We saw elephants and crocodile amongst other wildlife. Srimal is very knowledgeable and respectful of the wildlife. A very enjoyable Afternoon and would highly recommend.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 April 2024
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Denise D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Srimal was an amazing guide. His driver made the journey around the park comfortable. We saw elephants and crocodile amongst other wildlife. Srimal is very knowledgeable and respectful of the wildlife. A very enjoyable Afternoon and would highly recommend.
Written 27 April 2024
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scase92
Orpington, UK133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Got there for sunrise and saw a huge variety of birds as well as monkeys, lizards, crocodiles and an elephant close up. Peaceful and not crowded.
Written 17 March 2024
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jimnicholls65
Moscow, Russia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The place to see birds good Safari without all the jeep traffic you get in Yala NP. Unfortunately due to a wet earlier season the Flamingos were not present.
Written 6 March 2024
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intrepids186470
Belfast, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We found Srimal’s name on Tripadvisor and contacted him directly(+94 77 959 9397) . We are so glad we did as his safari was brilliant. He was so knowledgeable and seems to have better eyesight than a sea eagle! He was genuinely delighted about every bird he showed us and I counted well over 35 species. To cap it all, we say a herd of 6-8 elephants with two tiny babies and Srimal and his excellent young driver we’re prepared to wait for perhaps 20 minutes until the elephants came out of the bush and crossed the road to drink. Two other jeeps had come and gone in that time and Srimal’s patience paid off. He is so proud of his job and his village. We thoroughly recommend a safari with him!
Written 24 February 2024
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Rolf S
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A lot of birds. An elephant and other Spezies. Very peaceful at the water. And so noisy of all that beautiful birds. Our driver was friendly and sees a lot. We were there in the afternoon.
Written 16 February 2024
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833tatiana2014
Romania33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Sri Lanka all safaris are in my oppinion over-over estimated.
It is unbelivable that The authorities are so uninterested in providing basic logistic. In a half day tour (of four hours)to wait one hour to get the tickets at the entrance because the printer is out if functioning is really from another world. The guides are very afraid to make comments because they probably loose the permit for entrance.
Nothing special in the reservation. Monkeys, birds, varans you can see in many resorts witout wasting money and time with crazy trafic.
If you have seen one all the other are the same but much more crowded than this one.
I prefer to somehow enjoy Sri Lanka for the winter sun ( very good weather in january) but for nature sightseeing so many incredible places in Europe are waiting for me ( even without poor elephans..).
Written 12 February 2024
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HeleneEH1
Dorset, UK182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited 4 National Parks and in our opinion this was the best place to see nature at its best without the crowds and lots of jeeps. No problems to stop and observe and no queuing jeeps. We’ve been in Sri Lanka for two weeks and had already identified at least 50 species of birds but at Bundala we were helped by our guide to see another 21 species!
Even spotted some yellow bittens and a black bittern, a blue faced malkoha, southern coucal, black crowned night heron, osprey and striated green heron to name a few. We went early in the morning so not too hot. Even had little look at the Indian Ocean.
Highly recommend if you like bird watching.
We also saw crocodiles, mongoose, tufted grey langurs and wild boar. .
Written 11 February 2024
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Jaroslava
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Ticket Is 6 000 Rp they wanted 27 000 for 3, they didn't want to give tickets! "Goverment rules" they said. After almost 1 hour hard discussion they Dell US correct tickets. They wanted to cheat us 9 000 Rp. We lost 1 hour with them. What help I said I call my friend Jayantha Wiesingha from the Rainfotest conservation And the police. Every time and everywhere ask for ticket, otherwise they keep the money And cheat the goverment! I wanf my money helps the park And the nature.
Written 20 January 2024
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Yun G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It has been one of the best experiences in Sri Lanka so far. Spectacular flora and fauna, a must see place!
Written 29 December 2023
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P P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I visited 3 national parks in Sri Lanka and I like Bundala most! Even I saw bear, leopard and elephants in Yala there was not such a calm atmosphere as in Bundala. Hightly recommend to people who loves nature, animals and dont like chasing them. I never seen so many birds as in Bundala park! I took safari with Srimal (+94 779599397) who is local guide and with his knowledge about animal he made me amazing experience.
Written 24 December 2023
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