Safari Holiday in Kumana – See how they live

The National Parks and strict natural reserves of Sri Lanka are famed far and wide and provide thrilling experiences with to wild life enthusiasts. Visitors to the island paradise include jungle safaris in their itinerary. The eastern coastal belt with its calm bays and golden sands is home to several tourist destinations with the bay of Passikudah being a hot favourite and with the Yala and Kumana National Parks being major attractions. Passikudah hotels range from up market resorts to budget hotels and if it is high end amenities in beautiful surroundings you are looking for, then a good choice of accommodation would be Sunrise by Jetwing.

The Kumana National Park (formerly Yala East) is located in the district of Ampara 391 km or so from Colombo. The gateway to Kumana is at Panama with the park office located at Okanda 22 km south of Panama. The 35,664 ha park is bordered on the West Kumubukkan Oya and on the South by the South Eastern Coast running up to Panama.

Kumana is an Ornithologist’s Paradise and famed for avifauna. The 200 ha mangrove swamp ‘Kumana Villu’ is filled with nesting and breeding water fowl and wading birds especially from May to July.’ Kuda Vila Wewa’, ‘Thummulla Wewa’ and ‘Kotalinda are three other gathering places for birds. All in all there are around 20 lagoons within the park.

The endemic, resident and migrant population includes birds like the very rare black necked stork, red faced mal koha, little grebe, pelicans and spoonbills, great thick knee, greater racket tailed drongo and the ruddy turnstone. The Kumana National Park is contiguous to the Yala National Park and animals move freely between the two. Elephants, leopards, Ceylon golden jackal, European otter and wild boar are some species of mammals found here. Reptiles at Kumana include the mugger crocodile, Indian flap shelled turtle and Indian black turtle. The Kumana area is part of an ancient civilization dating back to the third century B.C. Many tour operators organize safaris to Kumana and hotels provide facilities to visit Kumana.

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Surfing in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka – The Ultimate Beach-Side Escape

Get your surf boards out as you head to Sri Lanka’s most famed surfing destination – Arugam Bay. The world over Sri Lanka is known for its picture-postcard coastlines that have tourists flocking to its beaches from all corners of the world. Though the country’s south is the more famed coast, often do we forget the treasures tucked away on the east coast. Located 320 kilometres from Colombo, travelling to Arugam Bay is a remarkable journey of its own. The bay is also situated within reach of another favourite destination; Passikudah. While you are on tour to the east you can base yourself at one of the many Passikudah hotels on offer like Sunrise by Jetwing and embark on your excursions.

While Arugam Bay remains one of the best spots to surf in the island-nation it has also become a hotspot for international surfing events. What’s best about Arugam Bay is that its waves are fitting for both professional and amateur surfers. The bay receives the same winter swells as the Antarctic does and is deemed very conducive for surfing and windsurfing. There are several right hand point breaks which are yet another factor that decides good surfing conditions. It is also highly advised to look out for reefs that you may encounter whilst surfing.

The best times to surf is during the dry season from April to October as the seas give offer the best conditions for windsurfers. This period also allows visitors to witness the Sri Lanka Surf Championships which are hosted by the UK Pro Surfer’s Association. Many experienced surfers would recommend the morning as the most ideal time to surf. Surfboards are also available at nearby shops for hire and sale.

Other notable attractions around the bay includes Pottuvil, which is located just 4 kilometres from Arugam Bay is recognized as the 4th best surfing destination in South East Asia and standing at 10th place in the world. Arugam Bay is also within a convenient distance from attractions like the Elephant Rock. The rock at a glance seems to take the form of an elephant which is quite a spectacle.

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