The Bundala Bird Sanctuary is situated in the southern province, 273 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport via the southern expressway. This important birding destination declared Sri Lanka's first 'Ramsar' site (identified as an important wetland in the network of international wetlands) and declared a biosphere reserve by UNECO in 2005 is spread out on 6218 hectares of land is made up of a variety of eco systems; which is a favourable refuge for hundreds of endemic and migratory birds. Some of the migratory birds recorded here are known to have travelled thousands of miles, coming from as far as Siberia. The park is home to nearly 200 species of birds, of which 150 are endemic and the rest migratory. It also has recorded 32 species of mammals and five species of marine turtle.