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|Year and Month||February, 2014 (14th to 16th)|
|Number of Days||Three Day Trip|
|Crew||10 (between 25-32 years of age)|
|Accommodation||Camping: I was able to book Moya Kata campsite for 14th night and Eda Kumbuka 01 campsite for 15th night department of wildlife. However due to high water level in kumana villu it was impossible for jeeps to get to the Kata site. So we had to settle with Eda Kumbuka campsite for both nights.|
|Transport||Van from Giriulla (North western province) to Panama. Thereafter we used two jeeps from Panama to Kumana park|
|Activities||Camping, Wildlife, Photography|
|Weather||The weather was dry and Excellent for visiting|
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This was our second visit to Kumana National Park. From the first visit back in 2012, I fell in love with the magnificent and unspoiled wilderness of Kumana. It truly deviates from overcrowded Yala NP and has an amazing calm and relaxing environment. We had to plan well in advance based on the experiences from our first visit (Will also upload that trip on a later day). All the bookings for camp sites and jeeps were made at least a month earlier.
We started our journey around 4.30am. It was a one long drive of around 300 km. However the drive was rather comfortable as great road conditions existed throughout the whole drive. At around 1.30 pm we reached Panama and met with Chanaka and Senaka. We left our Van at a place recommended by Senaka and got into the jeeps.
It was late in the evening when we reached eda kumbuka 01 campsite. The sight and setting of the site was stunningly beautiful. The Beautiful Kumbukkan oya was lazily flowing. I have stayed both at the Moya Kata and Gal Amuna in the previous occasion but I believe this site is the best camp site due to its serene location.
We set up our tents on the river bed and quickly collected firewood for cooking and the campfire. We had a cool dip in the river and had our dinner quickly.
By 11pm the moon was shining and it was truly a magnificent view. Sand on the river bed was gleaming in white in the moon light we could see at least a 500m along the river. We were mesmerized with the sight that sleep never came to us.
We started our morning visit very early. We were able to see wild buffalos, coyotes, elephant and lots of bird life. But we weren’t able to see any leopards or bears.
After the morning visit we returned to the campsite and started preparing meals for lunch. Then it was time for the grand bath. We spent nearly 3 hours in the river and it was so relaxing. No sounds of dreaded mechanical buses, cars, trains, planes. Or even sounds of those shrieking lottery huts. The only sounds were coming from birds and monkeys and occasionally from large animals. What comes into our mind is a true feel of relief which is ideal medicine to relieve ourselves.
We made an evening safari visit returned back to our campsite for spending the night. And it was time to be back in the water 🙂
Finally it was time to say goodbye to Edakumbuka. We had our morning meals, packed all our belongings to the jeeps and started the long way back to the entrance.
On the way back we paid a visit to the Okanda Devalaya and Kudumbigala ancient Monastry and made our retrn journey via Monaragala, bibila, kandy and Kurunegala. This was one of the best journeys I made in our lives.