Private Muthurajawela Sanctuary Bird Watching Tour from Colombo or Negombo

Day Trips & Excursions in Negombo

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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 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.SKU: LK60011200
Your tour will start at 6:30am from your hotel in Colombo or Negombo, when your guide picks you up. It takes about half an hour to get to Muthurajawela which lies in Negombo. You will get to the marshes by 7:00am.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 are believed to have caused salt water 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 bio diverse 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.You will be hiking through the wilderness for some time. 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, Great Painted Snips, 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. Your tour package also includes a packed breakfast which you can have along the way surrounded by nature.Your tour of the Muthurajawela Sanctuary will be finishing at 10:00am. Your vehicle will drop you off at your hotel between 10:30am to 11:00am marking the end of your tour.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bottle of water
  • Professional bird watching guide
  • Boat ride on Muthurajawela lagoon

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included