Waking up at 4.30 is not a part of my daily routine. I actually think mornings are the best time of day to sleep. Getting out of bed in the middle of the night to go see an amazing sunrise and go for an early morning Safari in the Kumala National Park on the east coast of Sri Lanka made it easy, though.
|What a great morning view from the top of a cliff overlooking the jungle|
Before our Safari in the national park, we stopped to watch the sunrise from the top of a cliff overlooking the jungle, with the abandoned Kudumbigala Sanctuary situated on the top.
|Kudumbigala Sanctuary on the top op the cliff|
|Jungle path to the sanctuary|
|Steps carved in the cliff made it easy to reach the top|
|The wetland in Kumala National Park|
In the park there is a huge area of wetland attracting 255 species of birds and also water buffaloes, crocodiles and turtles to mention a few. Surrounding the wetland there is a dry zone of tropical thorne forest where the elephants, monkeys and leopards can be found, amongst a lot of other species.
Our Safari trip in the national park lasted for about 2,5 hours and took us on bumpy dirt roads around the park, stopping at every photo opportunity we could get. Very exciting and interesting to be so close to wildlife in a safe environment comfortably in the jeep.