Kumana National Park (Yala-East) – කුමණ ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

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Peaceful Kumana National Park

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Size18,148 hectares
Main attractionsBirds, Elephants and leopards

This is a separate national park from the Yala (Ruhuna) National Park but joined to Yala on the west side by the Block 2 SNR.The park lies on the southeast coast in the Eastern province, 7 miles/12 km south of Arugam Bay, and is accessible from the Wellawaya-Pottuvil road. Kumana villu is a well-known nesting site for various species of herons, storks and also pelicans and a host of other water birds. Earlier Kumana had a village, whose residents were shifted to the Mahaweli project area.

At the base of most rock outcrops are caves, some with rock inscriptions of the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. A nine-metre stature of the reclining Buddha, now in ruins, was discovered in a large cave at Bambaragastalawa. Bowattagala is an ancient monastic site. Kudumbigala and Lenama, peripheral to the park, were once the hunting grounds of Nittawo, legendary pygmies (or dwarf ape men)  who were sworn enemies of the Veddhas.

Accommodation

This park is at present rarely visited. It has two bungalows, one at Okande, near the park entrance, and the other by the waterhole at Thunmulla. A campsite is situated on the banks of the Kumbbukkan Oya at Kumana. A boat is available for hire at Kumana Villu.

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Map of  Kumana National Park  (Yala-East) and Other Places of Interest

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Travel Directions to Kumana National Park  (Yala-East)

There are two routes from Colombo. They fork off at Pelmadulla and meet again at Wellawaya, one going via Beragala and Koslanda and the other via Thimbolketiya, Udawalawe and Thanamalwila. From Wellawaya the road goes through Moneragala, Pottuvil and Panama. There is only one entrance to the park from Panama, through the Kudumbigala Sanctuary. The park office is situated at Okande, where a permit and guide should be obtained before entry. The distance from Colombo is approximately 243 miles/350 km.

Route I from Colombo to Kumana National Park Entrance

Route II from Colombo to Kumana National Park Entrance

Though : Ratnapura – Balangoda – Beragala – Wellawaya – Monaragala – Pothvil – Panama
Distance : 350 km
Travel time : 7 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Ratnapura – Balangoda – Udawalawe – Thanamalwila – Wellawaya – Monaragala – Pothvil – Panama
Distance :370 km
Travel time : 7 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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