Kumana National Park
Kumana National Park
4.5
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Kumana National Park spreads over an area of 35,664 hectares. In the west, the park is bordered by River Kumubukkan Oya; to the south is south-eastern coast that runs to Panama. A 200 hectares mangrove swamp called “Kumana Villu” within the Park is subject to occasional inundation with sea water. It is at this swamp that many water birds nest, during the months of May and June. Scattered in the Kumana National Park are several water pools that are favorite spots of the wildlife: Kudawila wewa, Thummulla wewa and Kotalinda wewa.
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  • charuka k
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wild life safari
    I would say this is my favourite park. We were lucky to see 4 leopard, 3 tuskers and lot of wild animals and lot of endemic birds and migrative birds in one day. Our trackers and Park owners were very supportive. Special thanks goes to Mr. Samaranayake for the support.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Shardha
    Colombo, Sri Lanka124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoy life in the wild
    Good sightings of wild life without disturbance from other park visitors. Plenty of unusual sightings besides the elephant, leopard, bear, wild boar, buffalo. We saw an eagle hunting down a lizard and two red mongoose digging out their breakfast snake. The best way to enjoy the park is to book a camp site with generally luxury with extreamnaturetours.com
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 October 2023
  • john t
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remote quiet interesting park.
    This National park which I think was called Yala East is a beautiful park with a good mixture of open park, large lakes/tanks and dense jungle. Very few jeeps enter the park so it is very relaxed and the animal/ bird life seems to completely oblivious to those. Similarly the jeep drivers are very relaxed and take plenty of time. Few vehicle tracks. Main problem is that the park entrance is 15-20 kilometres from Panama along a very rough dirt track. But well worth the effort. The local guides say the afternoon safaris are best for animals and the morning safaris for birds. We did one of each and didn’t notice a difference.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2024
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john t
Stourbridge, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This National park which I think was called Yala East is a beautiful park with a good mixture of open park, large lakes/tanks and dense jungle. Very few jeeps enter the park so it is very relaxed and the animal/ bird life seems to completely oblivious to those. Similarly the jeep drivers are very relaxed and take plenty of time. Few vehicle tracks. Main problem is that the park entrance is 15-20 kilometres from Panama along a very rough dirt track. But well worth the effort. The local guides say the afternoon safaris are best for animals and the morning safaris for birds. We did one of each and didn’t notice a difference.
Written 24 January 2024
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Kitta2
Gold Coast, Australia922 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Being to Kumana National Park many times and this time we did an afternoon private safari. Located in the south coast of Sri Lanka and is the eastern sector of Yala. Less crowded. More famous for bird watching.
Even though it was from far, we saw a leopard. So lucky to witness a sloth bear walking down the bridge. Unable to attach the video. Definitely the highlight of our safari.

Written 28 November 2023
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Shardha
Colombo, Sri Lanka124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Good sightings of wild life without disturbance from other park visitors. Plenty of unusual sightings besides the elephant, leopard, bear, wild boar, buffalo. We saw an eagle hunting down a lizard and two red mongoose digging out their breakfast snake.

The best way to enjoy the park is to book a camp site with generally luxury with extreamnaturetours.com
Written 13 October 2023
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charuka k
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
I would say this is my favourite park. We were lucky to see 4 leopard, 3 tuskers and lot of wild animals and lot of endemic birds and migrative birds in one day. Our trackers and Park owners were very supportive. Special thanks goes to Mr. Samaranayake for the support.
Written 21 June 2023
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Gianluca G
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
DO NOT GO THERE!! We were there at the 14 of juni in 2023. It was so that bad, i dont know where to start.
- Costs around 12'000 per person
- Driver drove more like he was at a racing car
- GARBAGE ALL OVER THE "REST" AREAS AND FIRES,Because there was a religion walk from jaffna to there.
- Saw 1 Elephant,and 2 buffalos thats it.
- arround 2000 people who walk trough the park for this religion walk.....SAD

I know its nature and u can not expect everything,but i really dont want to pay for an NATIONAL PARK WHO IS FULL OF PLASTIC BOTTLES. Common its a Nationl park an not anything else, really sad....

I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT.

If you have time and money, go on Safari in Afrika as we are last year. Of course expensier BUT mooooost better then this.
Written 14 June 2023
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neil j
Colombo, Sri Lanka146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
the park is really good and less crowded but the road to it needs repairs very badly. it is a nightmare to travel to such a beautiful park. With Arugambey surf season coming up if our tourism paternity gets together and synergy it with Kumana safari, it will help a grade deal as Arigambay is more or less like Hikkaduwa now. the tallest but rare bird of Sri Lanka - black necked Stroke - and a leopard roaming around were seen in addition to numerous elephants and a majestic tusker .
Written 21 April 2023
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Suresh K.
Colombo, Sri Lanka29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Kumana, is trule a gem for wildlife enthusiasts. One of the best Sri Lankan National Parks to spot Sri Lankan Leopards (Panthera Pardus Kotiya). Park is also not as crowded as other nearby national parks such as Yala.
Written 13 April 2023
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Ramesh W
Colombo, Sri Lanka2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
My absolute favorite NP in SL! Always see so many animals and very few visitors. A must go. You can stay in Arugam bay as its a close drive from there!
Written 8 March 2022
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Thambapanni Green Walkers Tours
Colombo, Sri Lanka14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
It is one of the best birding destinations in Sri Lanka. We recommend the Kumana national park for bird lovers and wildlife holiday seekers. while in Arugambay for surfing activity.
Written 16 January 2022
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Exploring the Paradise
Colombo, Sri Lanka126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Kumana NP is one of the most peaceful parks where you can just enjoy nature and the animals in their natural habitat. Limited number of vehicles are in the park. The park has two Wildlife bungalows inside the park. Staying in one of those is a blessings since you have to drive for an hour from Arugambay/Pottuvil Area.

The park has so many leopards as well as a paradise for Birds. Migratory season is the best for Kumana. The road to the park (Kudumbigala area) is a bit of a tough one. If you have a jeep or SUV it would be ideal. Inside the park you can hire a jeep and go on Safari's

A park that is so much more peaceful than the Yala or the wildpattu.
Written 10 May 2021
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