A quieter alternative to nearby Yala National Park; Bundala National Park offers ample bird-watching opportunities. The park extends along the coast for 20 km and is made up of scrub jungle and coastal dunes that are punctuated by brackish lagoons and salt pans. Among the birds that can be spotted here are brown-capped babblers, spot-billed pelicans, whiskered terns and painted storks. Bird numbers swell between September and March with the arrival of the migrants; many waders also visit during these months. Bundala is also known for its large flocks of visiting flamingoes, but their numbers have dropped considerably in recent years. This decline has been attributed to changes in the salinity of the lagoons.
Along the birds, there are also many mammals here, including elephants, jackals and monkeys. Crocodiles can be seen around the lagoons, and the beaches are nesting sites for turtles. More