20 Photos That Will Inspire You to Visit Kumana National Park
As I was sitting on a Panama-Colombo bus at the Pottuvil bus stand, browsing my phone, waiting for Nathan to come back from his dinner-searching trip, I was given a lens cap and a floppy hat. “The cap,” says the person standing in front of me. The voice rings nothing but familiarity in my ears. It was Ibrahim. Ibrahim was our guide throughout our stay at Arugam Bay. He works with Ecowave. And now, he’s come five kilometers from Arugam Bay to Pottuvil, looking for our bus to give a floppy hat, and a lens cap. “You left it there,” Ibrahim smiles. “Oh my god! Thank you! You came all the way…Thank you so…” He waves me goodbye and walks out of the bus.
Tiny things. Tiny beautiful things. These are the things that keep me, and Nathan going! Things that make us want to travel, and explore the little island of ours more. More and more.
Our experience in Arugam Bay
Our visit to Arugam Bay surprisingly became a soulful experience. It was different to the Arugam Bay we’ve constantly heard of. Maybe because we traveled during the quiet off-season, and took part in sustainable and ethical tourism activities in this quaint beach town. Nathan and I explored the bylanes and hamlets of this beach town together. We hopped on a tuk-tuk to visit Komari, had banda-iringu (corn on the cob), and visited a lighthouse. It was ragged. Only a tiny part of the lighthouse still stands still at the pristine beach in Komari. We learned to cook Sri Lankan rice & curry, prepared coconut milk, and shared our meal with two Aussies. At six in the morning, circling around, we toured the Kottukal Lagoon as hundreds of gulls, Brahminy Kites, eagles and hornbills bade us good morning. Heck! Even a crocodile. Both of us visited a farmer’s garden, breakfasted at his house while the farmer-uncle brought us home-cooked Sri Lankan food, went to a homestay in Panama village for lunch and finally, saw wild nature at Kumana National Park.
Safari to Kumana National Park
As we just begun, our jeep got stuck in a mudhole at Kumana National Park, reminding us that good things in life don’t come quite easy. After many unsuccessful attempts, we got into another jeep, joining with two other travelers as we went around the national park, observing many wild animals including birds, peacocks, deer, bulls, elephants and even a fox. Kumana soon became our favorite place to see wild animals in their natural habitats. With only a handful of jeeps and fewer people, it was far different to the experience we had at Kaudulla.
We were guests at Ecowave Travels but, as always, all opinions are our own.
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