The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful, mellow spot with just you and a boatman punting a boat around the lagoon in a placid corner of Sri Lanka's south-east.
The trip is best taken just after dawn but for those resistant to early rising it is also satisfying to take the trip in late afternoon. Most bird watching tours by boat last around two hours.
This bird sanctuary is home to many species of resident as well as migratory shorebirds. From kingfishers to flamingoes inhabit this extensive wetland area of mangrove swamps and lagoons.
Kalametiya is one of Sri Lanka's oldest and main bird sanctuaries, first declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1938, abolished in 1946 and restored again after a campaign by conservationists in 1984. Somehow its struggle for survival has made it seem extra special.
It is found about half-an-hour south east of Tangalle. There are over 150 species of birds, including 54 migrants. It is particularly renowned as a nesting place for weaver birds - small birds, related to finches, which can build an elaborate nest in a single day.
The best time to visit is from November to April.
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