Muthurajawela – the largest saltwater coastal peat bog in Sri Lanka, is located on the west coast between the Negombo lagoon and Kelani River. It is one of the island’s most important wetland habitats and together with the Negombo lagoon forms an integrated coastal wetland ecosystem extending over 6,232 hectares of marshland and mangroves. It shelters about 190 species of plants and over 200 species of animals, including over 100 species of birds.

Muthurajawela mangrove and wetland

Muthurajawela mangroves and wetland

Take a boat ride to see a rich assemblage of water birds, including various species of Herons, Bitterns, Egrets, Cormorants, Lesser Whistling Teals, Pheasant-tailed Jaçanas, White-breasted Water hens, Purple Swamp hens, and Common Moorhens. Common perching birds (such as several species of kingfishers) birds of prey (such as the Brahminy Kite and Shikra), as well as mammals (such as the endemic Toque Monkey) and reptiles (such as Water Monitors and Saltwater Crocodiles), are also common. A cruise along the Negombo Lagoon, Muthurajawela, Hamilton canal (built during the British period) and Dutch canal (built during Dutch period) will take you through a lush vegetation of mangroves. The Hamilton canal and Dutch canal starts from the Kelani River near Colombo and opens into the vast expanse of the serene waters of the Negombo lagoon.

Picturesque Hamilton Canal connecting Negombo lagoon

Picturesque Hamilton canal which connects to the Negombo lagoon

Muthurajawela marsh was declared as s sanctuary by the government in 1996 due to its vast Biodiversity.

Jetwing Lagoon organizes boat rides in the Negombo lagoon and Muthurajawela marsh, for more information please contact the resident naturalist of Jetwing Lagoon on 0312233777

Some highlights from Negombo lagoon and Muthurajawela wetland: