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Arugam Bay Adventure Tour: Explore Wildlife and Culture

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  • Visit the Kumana National Park and help support local farmers and maintain the natural beauty of the area..Spot animals like crocodiles, elephants, water buffalo, jackals, and more!.Explore the history of Hinduism at a traditional temple.
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The tour will begin at 12:00 PM when your nature guide will pick you up from your hotel. You will take a comfortable safari truck from Arugam Bay to the village of Panama, near the edge of Kumana National Park. The first stop will be at an organic farm in the village, where a local farmer will show you his all-natural crops: spices, vegetables, and fruits. He will share with you his knowledge and the techniques he uses to grow his crops. After visiting the farm, you will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch prepared with the organic vegetables from the farm and a selection of different curries. After lunch, we on your way to Kumana National Park, stopping at a pond and small creek which is famous locally for the number of crocodiles you can see in one place. Your guide will take you to spots where you can closely, but safely, observe these prehistoric reptiles. You will also have the chance to encounter many of the region's birds, water buffalo, and monkeys that call the pond their home. Then, take a journey to Kumana and stop, just on the edge of the park, at the Okanda Hindu Shrine. Okanda is one of the resting points for pilgrims on the route to the Hindu temple at Kataragama that is within the park. Thousands of people cross the national park every year between July and August for the “Pada Yathra” - a spiritual journey to pay tribute to God Skandra. The temple has many colorful sculptures of Hindu Gods and visitors can learn about the stories behind these gods from a local priest.The best wildlife viewing time is 3pm to sunset. As you enter the park at around 3-3:30, you will find yourself in one of the most biodiverse parks in Sri Lanka. The park has several lagoons that are surrounded by tropical thorn forests. You will be able to see monkeys, water buffaloes, elephant herds, jackals and if you are lucky, also leopards! The park also has 255 species of birds including many migrant species and is one of the best bird-watching sites in the country. The tour will finish by watching the sunset as you make your way back to Arugam Bay.
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