Kumana National Park
A well-known bird sanctuary where a multitude of birds breed and roost. One of the most significant features of the park is the ‘Kumana Villu’ – a 200 hectare natural swamp lake, fed by the ‘Kumbukkan Oya’ through a half mile long narrow channel. The 18,149 hectare Sanctuary Situated on the southeast coast of the island in the Eastern Province is Less well known than its sister, Yala West (Ruhuna) National Park, it is an exciting and diverse place to visit for its main attraction, the Kumana wewa, fed by the Kumbukkan Oya, and its surrounding mangroves that provide an important habitat for many aquatic birds. It is been well known as one of the bird Sanctuaries that attracts the largest number of migratory bird and aquatic birds.FloraThe park comprises of the dry zone tropical thorn forest, saline lagoons, extensive plains, marshy swamps and scrub lands.
The vegetation in Kumana consists mainly of mangrove trees, kumbuk trees and the karan fern, as well as the open marsh area.FaunaYala East is more renowned for being an outstanding location to view large numbers of migratory and aquatic birds, especially in May and June. common sightings are of the pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, the open billed stork, pond heron, moorhen, black-winged stilt and whistling teal in a way that will leave them undisturbed