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Attididya Bird Sanctuary

The Attidiya Bird Sanctuary is well known for its migratory and endemic waterbirds on the island. It is also a great place to watch butterflies.

The sanctuary is one of the last remaining protected wetland wildernesses located in the Colombo City District.

The visitors can travel through the sanctuary on foot.

Some of the rarer birds to be observed are the Indian Shag, Wide Winged Purple Heron, Blue Breasted Banded Tail, Ruddy Crake, Spot Billed Pelican, Purple Coot, White Ibis, Painted Stork and the elusive Glossy Ibis. The sanctuary also conceals crocodiles, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals like fishing cats and jackals.

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Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Mt. Lavinia Beach
  • Mount Lavinia (Mt. Lavinia) is well-known for its beach and the Mt. Lavinia Hotel. The hotel is linked with a love story set during the British colonial period. Mount Lavinia beach is located just outside the municipal limits of Colombo City. There are several beachside restaurants, bars, taverns, and lounges where you can buy a drink or a snack.

    The lovely stretch of fine wide sandy beach is also a popular destination for school field excursions, picnics, and photoshoots. On weekends and holidays, the beach may be crowded with families, as well as partygoers, particularly on Saturday evenings.
    Distance: 5.5 Km

  • Colombo City
  • Colombo is Sri Lanka’s main metropolis and commercial center. Beautiful colonial architectural evidence can be observed throughout the city center. Beaches, foreign fusion restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, retail malls, and historical temples, churches, and Hindu temples are all found here.
    Distance: 8 Km

  • Colombo National Museum
  • This is a massive, all-encompassing history museum housed in a superb Italian architectural building that was publicly declared in 1877.
    Distance: 7 Km

  • Hindu Temple
  • Manikka Vinayagar Kovil was built 150 years ago. It is a beautiful Hindu temple, recently renovated. The shrine is distinguished by a lofty entrance tower adorned with several sculptures of the gods representing the celestial homes of the gods.
    Distance: 5 Km

  • Kelaniya Historical Temple
  • Buddha paid a visit to Kelaniya on his third visit to the country 2550 years ago. The specifics of these visits are preserved in Sri Lanka’s two earliest historical chronicles, the Mahawansa and the Chulawansa. Kelaniya Temple is said to have been constructed before Sir Lanka’s historically recorded history (since 543 B.C).

    Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara houses paintings and statues from the 17th and first part of the 20th century. Murals adorned the walls and ceilings of the old and new wings’ rooms. It was always given full royal support in the past, and it is still held in great regard by the people of the island today.

    The temple is well-known for its annual Perahera pageant (a Buddhist procession), which takes place in January. The Perahera first opened its doors in 1927.
    Distance: 18.5 Km


Accommodation (within 10km)

  • Star Classified hotels- Yes
  • International Chain Hotels- Yes
  • Boutique Hotels- Yes
  • Resorts- No
  • Ayurvedic Hotels- Yes
  • Inns/Guest Houses- Yes
  • Hostels- Yes
  • Homestays- Yes
  • Eco Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from (estimate)

  • CMB Airport- 43km (travel time: 1hrs 10min)
  • Colombo City- 10km (travel time: 45min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 183km (travel time: 4hrs 40min)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 220km (travel time: 5hrs 10min)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 231km (travel time: 5hrs 30min)
  • Kandy City- 130km (travel time: 4hrs 20min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 111km (travel time: 2hrs)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time


  • December to January

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