Bundala National Park is located approximately 20 minutes drive away and is considered an internationally important wintering ground in Sri Lanka for migratory water birds. Bundala National Park was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and re-designated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala National Park became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005, Bundala National Park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, making it the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.
Apart from a large number of endemic and migratory birds, Bundala National Park also offers a wide range of wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles and freshwater crocodiles that are large in size, as well as elephants. Bundala National Park is also abundant with 383 plant species being recorded here, six of which are endemic and seven endangered.