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Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

The Kalametiya sanctuary is a coastal wetland region with a diverse bio-diversity and is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most important bird sanctuaries. This bird refuge is home to a variety of permanent and migratory shorebird species. This vast wetland environment of mangrove swamps, lagoons, and salt marshes is home to a variety of birds, including kingfishers and flamingos. Lagoons and mangrove wetlands attract a wide diversity of winter migrating species. It is home to four nationally vulnerable bird species and 38 nationally and internationally threatened reptile species.

Additional information

Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Bundala National Park
  • The relatively flat topography of the park is made up of dry thorny scrublands, marshes, and four brackish lagoons. It is home to elephants, a variety of endangered reptiles, estuarine crocodiles, and mugger crocodiles.

    Every species of waterbird identified in Sri Lanka is thought to frequent Bundala National Park. Within the region, about 200 bird species have been identified.
    Distance: 45 Km

  • Tangalle Beach (21km)
  • Though the beach and bay here are stunning, and the water is deep blue and beautiful, swimming at Tangalle Beach is not recommended since the tides may be fairly rough and dangerous.
    Distance: 22 Km

  • Hummanaya Blowhole
  • It is one of the world’s biggest blowholes. This natural marvel blasts a jet of seawater into the air, reaching heights of more than 25 to 29 meters.
    Distance: 33 Km


Accommodation (within 10km)

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

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from (estimate)

  • CMB Airport- 230km (travel time: 3hrs 20min)
  • Colombo City- 226km (travel time: 3hrs 25min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 354km (travel time: 6hrs)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 391km (travel time: 6hrs 20min)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 300km (travel time: 6hrs)
  • Kandy City- 300km (travel time: 5hrs 15min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 95km (travel time: 1hrs 40min)

* 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


  • November to April

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