Muthurajawela Sanctuary Birdwatching Tour from Colombo Port
Duration: ~ 05 Hours
This tour gives you the chance to go bird watching in the famous Muthurajawela Sanctuary in Negombo. Hike through the marshy wetlands of Muthurajawela. Get to see many endemic and migrant birds in Sri Lanka with their natural habitats. Go on a relaxing boat ride in the lagoon while watching out for more birds and wildlife. The tour is a great opportunity for avid bird watchers.
- The wetlands of Muthurajawela Bird Sanctuary
- Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
- Boat ride in Muthurajawela Lagoon.
- Service of an English-speaking guide.
- Entrance Fees to Muthurajawela Bird Sanctuary.
- 1 Liter of bottled mineral water per person.
- All Taxes & Service Charges
- Food and drinks.
- Gratuities (Optional).
- Expenses of personal nature.
What to Expect
Your tour will start at 0630 hrs from Colombo Port when your chauffeur picks you up. It takes about approximately an hour to get to Muthurajawela which lies in Negombo. Enroute you may have your packed breakfast which is including in your package. You will get to the marshes by 0730 hrs.The wetlands of Muthurajawela Bird Sanctuary sprawls over 6230 hectares on the western coastline of Sri Lanka. Over 200 years ago the area was prime agricultural land, which produced the beautiful pearl-like rice that was served to the kings of the Kotte Kingdom
south of the area. However, the building of the Dutch canals is believed to have caused saltwater seepage in the fields, rendering them unusable. Once the fields were abandoned, nature took over and with the passing of time it became populated with the highly biodiverse ecology of the coastal wetlands that it is now. Muthurajawela is listed as one of the 12 high priority wetlands in Sri Lanka with the area having nearly 200 species of flora, 102 species of birds, 40 species of fish, 14 species of reptiles, and over 20 species of mammals. There are also almost 50 species of butterflies in the sanctuary.
Your professional bird guide will help you with identifying any birds you see. You may get a glimpse of Little Green Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons, Indian Cormorants, Eurasian Curlew, Shikras, White-bellied Sea-eagles and many others. You will also be going on a two-hour boat ride on the lagoon, where you will be able to see more birds such as waders or water birds.
You will be exploring and spending approximately three hours at the bird sanctuary and your tour of the Muthurajawela Sanctuary will be finishing at 1030 hrs. Your vehicle will drop you off Colombo port between 1130 hrs to 1200 hrs marking the end of your tour.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour. Drive time may change due to unpredictable road traffic. Photography stops on the way can be arranged but within locations with reasonable parking areas.