Situated in the south-east semi-arid zone in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, this 6,216 hectare park consists of dry thorny scrubland and lagoons while its rich bio-diversity of streams, water holes, tanks, salt marshes, sand dunes, mangroves, seashores and salterns, make it an exciting location to visit. The park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, in 2005 and is the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.
Greater Flamingo, Black-backed Yellow Woodpecker, Ceylon Jungle Fowl, Pintail, Garganey, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, Ruddy Turnstone, Common, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Greenshank, Black-winged Stilt, Caspian Tern, Malabar pied Hornbill, Gull-billed Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Great Stone Plover, Golden Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Stone Curlew, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Spoonbill, Ruddy Crake, Yellow-fronted Pied Woodpecker, Hoopoe, Spot-billed Pelican, Marshall’s iora and so much more.
Bundala is also home to its small elephant population. Its coastal area is nesting ground to four of five sea turtle species found in the country. An ideal location to spend the whole day especially to the avid bird-watcher and wild life enthusiast.
Bundala can be reached from Colombo on the Ratnapura road, following the route to Pelmadulla, Godakawela, Thimbolketiya, Embilipitiya, Padalangala, Sisilassagama and Veligatta where the park entrance is a few kilometers away.