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Negombo Lagoon Tour - Meet Sri Lanka Wild Life

Duration: Half Day

negombo lagoon tour - meet sri lanka wild life

Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka is blessed with a rich variety of wildlife and a diverse range of ecosystems. A large number of island tours enable visitors to get close to the endemic birds and animals in their natural habitats, which range from jungle, parkland and grasslands to wetlands, lagoons and coral reefs. This fascinating excursion will introduce you to the native creatures of Muthurajawela Marsh, which is inhabited by over 190 species of wildlife.

Situated off Negombo lagoon, Muthurajawela Marsh is the largest marsh in Sri Lanka, covering around 7,000 hectares between Colombo in the south and Negombo town in the north. It is the most densely populated and economically important urban area in the country, and is unfortunately under severe threat from destructive fishing, expanding development, encroachment and water pollution, although the Sri Lankan government is now addressing these problems.

Managed tours and boat trips are available to Muthurajawela Marsh on a daily basis, ensuring minimal impact on the environment whilst educating visitors about this unique coastal wetland ecosystem. The area is extremely popular with nature lovers and eco tourists, who come here every year to observe a huge number of endemic wildlife species. Water monitors, estuarine crocodiles, butterflies, fruit bats, otters, fishing cats, monkeys and hundreds of native and migratory birds such as terns, cormorants, storks, bee-eaters and kingfishers can be spotted here, amongst many rare and indigenous trees and plant species.

An abundance of fish, shrimps and crabs can also be found around the sheltered mangroves, ferns and sea-grass beds, all of which help support a thriving fishing industry around the lagoon and along the coast. Seawater is washed into the wetland twice a day during high tide, whilst freshwater is released from a watershed at the junction of the lagoon and the marsh. Continuous mixing of these waters has led to a rich biological diversity.

Ongoing work is being carried out to protect the beauty and wildlife of Muthurajawela Marsh and Negombo lagoon. The Muthurajawela Visitor Centre has been established to raise funds for conservation management activities, without which the area would soon be developed. This unique tour will enable you to help support this important project during your holiday in Sri Lanka whilst immersing yourself in the wonders of nature.

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