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Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bundala National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

1. Bundala National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

Meet your guide at the gates of the Bundala National Park for your choice of a 3-hour morning or evening safari observing the home of 32 species of mammals and 200 bird species. Enter the park and on board a jeep with a driver to explore the land crowded with thorny shrubs, swampy marshlands, scenic lagoons, and golden sand dunes as you spot wildlife in its untamed glory. See the wetlands with its diverse terrain that has created a startling variety of habitats attracting all sorts of animals. Located in the southern province of Sri Lanka 251km away from Colombo, Bundala National Park offers excellent opportunities for spotting wild boar, porcupine, spotted deer, mongoose, wild buffalo, the endemic jackal, fishing and rusty-spotted cats, and a diverse range of colorful bird species of up to 10,000 migratory birds from September to March. Observe the charming brackish lagoon that holds an important part of the ecosystem. Experience sightings of the rich aquatic wildlife, including rare types of turtles and crocodiles. Apart from the wildlife, enjoy the national park’s diversity of flora, offering you the complexity of a tropical forest.

All-Inclusive Full-Day Safari at Bundala with Picnic Lunch

2. All-Inclusive Full-Day Safari at Bundala with Picnic Lunch

Early bird, catches the worm. This tour starts at 5:00 AM, with a pickup from your hotel lobby. Then be driven to the Bundala National Park for a day of beauty. This tour will leave the National Park at 4:30 PM, where you will be returned to your hotel. By 6:00 AM, you will be on your game drive through the national park, where many birds migrate for the winter. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the great Flamingo. Every type of water bird within the country can be found in this reserve. Learn about the many types of birds throughout the day, and learn how long many of their journeys have been. See the sights of over 10,000 shorebirds feeding at any one time, between October and March.  Choosing a nice location within the National Park, enjoy your picnic lunch at 12:00 PM. Then after lunch you will proceed with the second round of safari to spot more animals. Occasionally elephants, spotted deer, sambar, hanuman langur, toque monkeys, stripe-neck and ruddy mongooses, wild boars, golden jackal, land and water monitors and marsh crocodiles can be seen. So what will you see?

All-Inclusive Morning Game Drive at Bundala National Park

3. All-Inclusive Morning Game Drive at Bundala National Park

Get a great start to your day with this early morning tour. See the best the wild has to offer, and be back at your hotel be 9:00 AM. Beginning at 5:00 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel lobby. Your hotel much be in either Yala or Tissamaharama. This compact tour is also available in the afternoons, following a similar schedule. By 6:00 AM, you will start your game drive at Bundala National Park. During this 3 hours game drive, you will be able to witness many species of birds, occasional elephants, spotted deer, sambar, hanuman langurs, toque monkeys, stripe-necked and ruddy mongooses, wild boar, golden jackals, land and water monitors and marsh crocodiles. Every species of water bird found in the country can be sighted in this national park, so keep your eyes peeled. Migrants and vagrants make the journey from as far as Siberia, learn amazing features about certain birds. Witness over 10,000 shorebirds feeding at any one time between October and March. There are light refreshments and water bottles provided during the safari.

Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

4. Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

Immerse yourself in the nature of South Asia and embark on a glamping adventure at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, check into your luxurious campsite and get acquainted with the onsite amenities. Spend some time to relax, savor a delicious lunch at the campsite’s main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations. Venture out into the wilderness on a game drive to explore the natural landscapes of Sri Lanka. Keep an eye out as you look for leopards in their natural habitat. Afterward, head back to camp and freshen up before drinks, appetizers, and a delicious meal around the campfire. Wake up to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, leave the campsite, and trek through thick bushes with pathway access to a wonderful lake that offers breathtaking views and bird watching opportunities. Encounter elephants, deer, palm squirrels, wild boar, both endemic and migratory birds, butterflies, and land monitors slithering around the lake. Listen to singing birds while you eat breakfast by a private lake. Return to camp for lunch before heading out on a game drive at Bundala National Park which harbors a rich birdlife, including several species of migratory waterfowl. Take an alfresco shower followed by drinks and appetizers around the campfire before tucking into a BBQ meal. Leave for a morning game drive before breakfast. After a refreshing breakfast, check out and return to your hotel.

From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

5. From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

Enjoy an action-packed photography tour through Sri Lanka's most famous wildlife sanctuaries, from Sinharaja Forest Reserve to Bundala National Park. Grab the chance to take photos of exotic animals and birds, while accompanied by a local guide. Relax knowing food and accommodation are taken care of. Day 1: Begin your adventure by getting picked up from Colombo, Galle, Bentota, Beruwala, Negombo, or Hikkaduwa. Relax, and enjoy the views in air-conditioned comfort as you head to the first stop, Sinharaja. After arrival in the late afternoon, follow your guide on a trekking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest – one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Photograph endless species of endemic flora and fauna. After a busy day of capturing shots of Sri Lankan nature, check in to the Sinharaja Rainforest Eco Lodge, located on a plot of land that was once used for tea cultivation. Spend the rest of your night at this sanctuary surrounded by lush forest, and get a good night’s sleep. Day 2: Wake up early and devour a continental breakfast while taking in the rainforest views. Get driven to Udawalawe and commence a game drive through Udawalawe National Park, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. Take more wildlife photos. Once you’re feeling peckish, drive to Grand Udawalawe Hotel for lunch. After that, travel to Yala National Park and stay overnight at Leopard Nest for a luxury glamping experience at an environmentally friendly campsite. Day 3: Wake up early to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, then leave for a morning game drive in Yala National Park with your camera in tow. Look out for elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, crocodiles, and leopards, of which there are more per area than anywhere else in the world. Return from the morning trip to freshly squeezed juices from seasonal fruits followed by breakfast. After breakfast, take a nap on a hammock or check out some of the books about Sri Lankan wildlife conservation in the library. After lunch at the campsite, make your way to Bundala National Park, which is famous for its exotic migratory bird species. Explore marshes, lagoons, and sand dunes, and take photos of over 200 types of birds. Return to the Leopard Nest Campsite for another peaceful night’s rest. Day 4: Begin your day with another early start and Ceylon tea or coffee. Embark on a trek to a picturesque lake that offers breath-taking views and more bird-watching opportunities. Take photos of the abundant wildlife, including elephants, deers, palm squirrels, and wild boars. Eat breakfast at a private location by a lake while listening to the sound of singing birds and feeling the fresh breeze on your face. Afterward, explore the village and soak up the local atmosphere in the surrounding area. Return to the campsite for lunch. In the afternoon, start your game drive at Yala National Park and get another chance to photograph the leopards. Spend the evening at Leopard Nest Campsite reflecting on your past few days of adventure and marveling at the many photos you have taken of the experience. Day 5: After breakfast, get driven back to your hotel.

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