Kumana National Park
Kumana National Park is a bird sanctuary located on the South-East coast of Sri Lanka. Just a 45 minute drive down the coast from Arugam Bay, Kumana is home to rare species of bird such as the Eurasian Spoonbill, Lesser Adjutant and Great Thick-Knee. A total of 225 species of bird have been recorded at Kumana making it one of the most important bird nesting grounds in the island. Aside from being abundant with birdlife, the park is also home to bigger creatures such as the Elephant, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear and Leopard.
A visit to the park is an experience not to be missed and comes highly recommended by us. We will be more than happy to organise it for you upon request.
Lahugala National Park
Lahugala National Park is one of the smallest National Parks in the Island and is located about a 20 minute drive from Arugam Bay.
Well known for its large numbers of Sri Lankan Elephant, the park isn’t officially open to the public, and no vehicles are allowed in, although you’re free to walk in from the main road between Arugam Bay and Monaragala.
Great surf is not the only thing the East Coast is known for. Up and down the coast from Arugam Bay are beaches that offer long, serene and often private walks. Inquire with us and we’ll share with you our favourite spots to explore the East Coast of the island, on foot!
Kudumbigala is an ancient rock monastery located right next to Okanda and the entrance to the Kumana National Park. Energetically a power point in Sri Lanka. Highly recommended for a bit of R&R.
Muhudu Maha Viharaya
Steeped in over 2000 years of history, Muhudu Maha Viharaya, is believed to be the place where Princess Devi, the legendary mother of King Dutugemunu, is said to have landed at the kingdom of Ruhunu, ending her journey from the Kelaniya kingdom. (Pictured here are vows and offerings paid by visitors to the temple.)
It is one of the most important places of historic interest in the island and can easily be accessed by visitors as it is situated in Pottuvil, just 2 kilometres away from Arugam Bay.