Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redefined to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 kilometers (152 mi) southeast of Colombo.
Best time to visit is September to March: during this period, migratory birds arrive at the park. The ecological areas of the national park contain seven terrestrial habitat types and six wetland types. A total of 383 plant species belonging to 90 families have been recorded from the park. In the small degraded patch of mangrove found at the Bundala lagoon area, black mangrove trees are widespread. The strip of Palu (Manilkara hexandra) tree forest on the sand-dunes east of Bundala village is a unique type of forest in Sri Lanka. The Bundala National Park has been identified as an outstanding Important Bird Area in the South Indian and Sri Lankan wetlands. 324 species of vertebrates have been recorded in the national park, which include 32 species of fish, 15 species of amphibians, 48 species of reptiles, 197 species of birds and 32 species of mammals. 52 species of butterflies are among the invertebrates. The wetland habitats in Bundala harbors about 100 species of water birds, half of them being migrant birds. Of 197 avifaunal species 58 are migratory species. A few Asian elephants still inhabit the forests of Bundala. Other mammals seen in the park are toque macaque, common langur, jackal, leopard, fishing cat, rusty-spotted cat, mongoose, wild boar, mouse deer, Indian muntjac, spotted deer, sambar, black-napped hare, Indian pangolin, and porcupine.
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Shangri-la S Hambantota Resort & Spa
Sittrakala Watta, Chithragala, Ambalantota
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No. 35 Mahadeira, Yodakandiya, Tissamaharama
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Hotel Tamarind Tree
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Chaaya Wild Yala
P. O. Box. 01, Kirinda, Tissamaharama
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The Oasis Hotel
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Kataragama Road, Tissamaharama
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Peacock Beach Hotel Ltd
Tissa Road, Hambantota
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Kataragama Road, Thissamaharama.
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Palm Paradise Cabanas
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Elephant Reach Hotel
Yala Junction, Kirinda Tissamaharama.
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Kahandamodara, Ranna, Tangalle
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Tangalle Bay Hotels
Mahawela Road, Pallikkuduwa, Tangalle.
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Hotel Eva Lanka
Hotel Eva Lanka, Tangalle Road, Tangalle.
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Wila Safari Hotel
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