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Thangamale Bird Sanctuary

The park situated 1431m above sea level comprises 131ha. It was declared a protected area in 1938.

The area is home to a plethora of birds, butterflies and other fauna. The wildlife aside, Thangamale also offers stunning vistas of the lush green hills and tea estates.

Visitors can traverse the jungle by a 4.3 km long and leisurely walk along a ridge from the Adisham Hall till the Idalgashinna Railway Station, or vice versa. The birdlife at Thangamale comprises both common and endemic species; it includes the yellow-eared bulbul, Sri Lanka White-eye, and Sri Lankan junglefowl. Diverse fauna can also be spotted here, such as porcupines, deer, and monkeys.

A generally uncrowded site, a stroll through Thangamale allows one to experience Sri Lanka’s wilderness truly.

Additional information

Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Haputale Town
  • Haputale is a small town on the southern outskirts of Sri Lanka’s hill region. On a clear day, you can see the southern coastline from the mountain crest, but on other days, thick mist clings to the deep green mountains, creating the bizarre sensation of being encircled by clouds.
    This charming small village, 1431m above sea level, is surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges and is great for relaxing, hiking, and trekking.
    Distance: 07 Km

  • Adisham Bungalow
  • Sir Thomas Lister Villiers, an English aristocrat and planter, built this stone mansion in 1931. The house has been well preserved, as have the period fittings and furniture.
    Distance: 12 Km

  • Lipton’s Seat and Factory
  • The temperature around this tea plantation is nearly consistent at a chilly 18°C all year. Lipton’s Seat is a well-known hilltop overlook. The winding path that leads to the summit of the hill passes past beautiful tea plantations. It offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area for a long distance. Lipton Seat is a lovely location for watching the dawn and wandering among the tea farms.
    The Dambatenne Tea Factory is located near Lipton’s Seat and offers guided tours of the factory.
    Distance: 23 Km

  • Bambarakanda Waterfall
  • Bambarakanda Falls, with a height of 263 meters, is Sri Lanka’s tallest waterfall.
    Distance: 27 Km

  • Ella
  • Sri Lanka is well-known not just for its beaches, wildlife, and heritage, but also for its beautiful hill highlands, which have morning mists, lush green hills, gushing waterfalls, and tea plantations. Ella entices visitors with its pleasant temperature and stunning surroundings. This delightful small village is ideal for unwinding, hiking, and trekking.
    Distance: 18 Km


Accommodation (within 10km)

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

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from (estimate)

  • CMB Airport- 211km (travel time: 5hrs 300min)
  • Colombo City- 186km (travel time: 5hrs 30min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 204km (travel time: 5hrs 30min)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 252km (travel time: 6hrs)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 188km (travel time: 4hrs 50min)
  • Kandy City- 140km (travel time: 4hrs 30min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 225km (travel time: 4hrs 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


  • January to August

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