Bundala National Park is one of the best places for birdwatching in Sri Lanka, especially between December and April, as this is the park’s peak season. Beautiful lagoons, mesmerising waterways, thorny scrub jungles and dazzling dunes make Bundala’s landscape particularly eye-catching. It is home to 200 species of vibrant birds. Bundala National Park is also a winter home to the greater flamingo, which can be seen between September and March.
The park stretches nearly 20km along a coastal strip between Kirinda and Hambantota, approximately a five hour drive from Colombo along the coast. This park is frequented by far fewer tourists than the nearby Yala National Park, and is open all year round. A jeep safari through Bundala’s beautiful surroundings, with spectacular views around every corner and the promise of many animal sightings, is a must if you are travelling to Sri Lanka’s deep South or South-east coast.