MUTHURAJAWELA MARSH, KATUNAYAKE

World Sri Lanka Western Province Katunayake Muthurajawela Marsh
Not rated
Rate this destination

Muthurajawela Marsh is the country’s largest saline wetland stretching over 6000 hectares of land is located on the western coach between the river Kelani and the lagoon and at a distance of 18 kilometres from Negombo. The high tides of the sea has constantly brought the sea water into the Wetland resulting in the formation of area suitable to wildlife. The area once used to be a rich rice field before the advent of Portuguese who built a canal and the sea waters entering into canal washed away all the rice fields. Today this Muthurajawela Marsh is a habitation of a variety of flora and fauna.

Nearly 75 species of birds are sheltered here. Some of them are kingfishers, cormorants, purple herons, green herons, Egrets, Indian pond herons, 48 species of butterflies etc., and migrant birds can be spotted in the peak seasons, September to April. Both side of the canal is enrobed with dense mangrove trees and other medicinal plants are also grown here. From the visitor centre, a two hour boat ride that costs Rs900 per head takes one to the home of birds and mammals. Marsh muggers, Sri Lanka’s largest snake, Python and Monitor lizards are noticeable. 

THINGS TO KNOW

Category
Backwaters, Scenic, Adventure, Lake
Languages
Sinhala, Tamil and English
Altitude
9m
Best time to visit
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Nearby railway stations
Nearby Airports
Western Province Muthurajawela Marsh

TRAVEL TIPS (0) Recent

Write a travel tip
POST
Be the first to give a tip or leave a comment
Get Routes
travel guide
places to see
Between 0 to 100 kms
All Categories
Adventure
Hills
Jungle
Beaches
Art & History
Religious
Sort by

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

places to see
Kasol Camping & Kheerganga Trek
 Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
From  ₹ 3190 3 Days
places to see
From  ₹ 13500 5 Days
places to see
Kuari Pass Trek
 Uttarakhand
From  ₹ 10490 6 Days
places to see
From  ₹ 30990 8 Days
places to see
From  ₹ 20642 7 Days
places to see
Chadar Trek
 Zanskar/Ladakh
From  ₹ 18500 9 Days
places to see
Mt. Hanuman Tibba (5932 m) Expedition
 Manali, Himachal Pradesh
From  ₹ 45000 11 Days