Muthurajawela Bird Watching Day Tour: Unveiling the Avian Paradise:

Imagine a sanctuary teeming with life, a labyrinth of waterways fringed with emerald mangroves, echoing with the symphony of a hundred wings. This is Muthurajawela, Sri Lanka’s captivating coastal wetland, aptly named “Swamp of Royal Treasure.” Our Muthurajawela Bird Watching Day Tour whisks you away from the bustling city, offering a glimpse into this extraordinary ecosystem, conveniently starting from either Colombo or Negombo.


A Mosaic of Life: Unveiling the Treasures of Muthurajawela

Muthurajawela sprawls across 3,068 hectares, a vital link in Sri Lanka’s intricate web of coastal wetlands. Designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, it pulsates with biodiversity. The brackish waters, a unique blend of freshwater and saltwater, nurture a complex ecosystem. Lush mangroves, a haven for juvenile fish and crustaceans, snake their way along the labyrinthine waterways. Towering trees like the Kandelia (Mangrove Apple) and the Mee (Ironwood) cast cooling shadows, while vibrant aquatic plants like water lilies and reeds paint the water’s surface with emerald hues.

This rich tapestry of flora provides a sanctuary for a mesmerizing array of fauna. Over 75 resident bird species call Muthurajawela home, including the majestic Grey Heron, the ornately plumaged Purple Swamphen, and the unmistakable Sri Lanka Kingfisher with its vibrant blue plumage and raucous call. The observant birder might even catch a glimpse of migratory visitors like the Eurasian Spoonbill or the Lesser Sand Plover seeking refuge in this wetland haven.

Beyond the avian wonders, keep your eyes peeled for graceful Darters spearing fish with their needle-like beaks, stately crocodiles basking on the mud banks, and playful otters frolicking in the shallows. Muthurajawela is also home to a number of nationally endangered mammals, including the elusive Fishing Cat and the Purple-faced Langur, adding another layer of intrigue to this unique ecosystem.


  • Morning: Our tour commences with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel in Colombo or Negombo. As we journey towards Muthurajawela, our knowledgeable guide will unveil fascinating insights into the region’s unique ecology.
  • Boat Safari: Upon arrival, we’ll embark on a captivating boat safari through the tranquil waterways. Keep your eyes peeled for a dazzling array of birds. Spot majestic Grey Herons perched on branches, watch flocks of colorful egrets gracefully take flight, or witness the distinctive call of the Sri Lanka Kingfisher. With over 75 resident bird species and countless migratory visitors, Muthurajawela offers a haven for bird enthusiasts.
  • Optional Local Interaction (Depending on Tour Option): You might have the opportunity to interact with the local fishing community, gaining a deeper appreciation for their way of life and the vital role they play in preserving this delicate ecosystem.
  • Return: After a captivating exploration, we’ll return you safely to your hotel in Colombo or Negombo, brimming with memories of this extraordinary wetland paradise.


  • Comfortable transportation with hotel pick-up and drop-off (Colombo or Negombo)
  • Experienced and knowledgeable birding guide
  • Boat safari through Muthurajawela wetlands
  • Refreshments (water and light snacks)


  • Entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)

Make the Most of Your Experience:

  • Bring a camera with a telephoto lens for capturing close-up bird shots.
  • Pack binoculars for enhanced birdwatching.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for light walking on uneven terrain.
  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellent for sun and insect protection.

Unforgettable Birding Adventure Awaits!

Join us on this captivating Muthurajawela Bird Watching Day Tour and delve into a world of vibrant ecosystems and dazzling avian wonders. Book your tour today and create memories that will last a lifetime!



(Cover Image Credit: Chathura Photography from Facebook)

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