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Bird Watching at Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

AVAILABILITY: Throughout the Year

TOUR OPTIONS: Early Morning or Evening Ferry Rides and Nature Walks

Kalametiya is a coastal wetland area that is situated on the picturesque southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. This park is famous for being a birdwatching haven and records about 150 species of birds. There are four nationally threatened birds found within the sanctuary – Indian Reef Heron, Glossy Ibis, Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl and Black-capped Purple Kingfisher, with Jungle Fowl being the only endemic species.

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is quite close to Yala National Park, which can be included in your itinerary if you fancy a safari down Yala’s wild dirt roads.

An excursion to Kalametiya will give you the opportunity to interact with the local community and learn about how they live and co-exist with the flora and fauna.

Wildlife Tours Sri Lanka is the leading Birding company in Sri Lanka and we provide visitors with a wide range of birding tours around the country. All of our tours are handled by an experienced naturalist who helps you spot birds and other inhabitants while giving you an in-depth description of the park and its history.


  • Earthy Coloured Clothings
  • Sunglasses & a hat to protect against the sun
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun protection lotions & Lip balm
  • Good camera, spare batteries, extra memory cards, cables and chargers
  • Dust mask or scarf for protection against the dust