Kumana National Park.
Well, just outside of it anyway. The guy at my hotel said he would take me on his motor-bike to see the elephants and crocodiles outside of the Kumana National Park, about twenty kilometers south of Arugam Bay. We took off down the road and soon afterwards we saw a couple of elephants by the road.
So I jumped off and took a few photos of them. Jumped back on and continued down the road. We turned right at Panama and on the levee of a rice paddy, there were a couple of Mugger Crocodiles with their mouths open, catching flies.
Keeping on, we skirted a few more levees on the edges of the rice paddies and wetlands/lagoons. No more crocodiles, but we saw some more elephants in a wetland area.
There were not a lot of birds, mainly billions of egrets and Indian Pond Herons. Lots of Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, a few Grey Heron and Painted Storks.
We made it all the way to the gates of the national park, had a drink, and then turned back. We saw a few mongoose, but they always disappeared by the time we stopped and I got my camera ready. The Crowning achievent of the day happened by chance. I saw this Malabar Pied Hornbill up a tree and we screeched to a halt and done the deed.
Here is a big close up of the massive bill, just to show you how amazing they are.
Kumana National Park bird list
Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)
Sri Lanka Jungle-fowl
Indian Pond Heron
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
Reptiles and Mammals
Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)
Asian Elephant (Eplaphus maximus)
Tufted Grey Langur.