Birding in the island’s oldest and greatest bird sanctuary – Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary [2 hours]

Kalametiya sanctuary is located in the Hambantota District and is considered a dry zone. First established in 1938, it is the island’s oldest bird sanctuary and occupies a beautiful area between two salt water lagoons, bordering a mangrove swamp and open plains. Lagoons, mangroves and scrublands are the main habitat types found in this sanctuary. The lagoons play a key role by supporting breeding colonies of pelicans, herons, egrets and open-billed stork and large wintering populations of migratory ducks and shorebirds. Kalametiya is one of Sri Lanka’s most secluded nature reserves but it is one of the most richly endowed bird habitats in the country. This sanctuary is home to several species of birds including: Black-capped Purple Kingfisher, Indian Reef Heron, Jungle Fowls and Glossy Ibis. Several species of mammals, reptiles and insects have also made their home in the Kalametiya bird sanctuary.

You will meet: Ranga [SID: 18]
Availability: all round the year
Suggested start time: morning - 6.00 a.m. or evening - 4.00 p.m.
Lead time: two days’ prior notice
Duration: two hours
Arrival and departure transport for any location could be arranged on request, for an additional cost.
Services of a local birding guide
Boat fee
Bottled drinking water
All applicable Govt. taxes
Arrival and departure transportation
Any extra beverages or food consumed
Any tips to Eco Team representatives
Any personal effects not mentioned in this description

Tour In Brief

The Sri Lanka Day Tours Team is geared to providing the best birding experiences available. Birding enthusiasts will love exploring the hidden gem known as the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary as it is the country’s oldest bird sanctuary and is known to hold numerous exotic species of birds

This two-hour excursion into the heart of the sanctuary will begin at 6 a.m. (for morning tours) or 4 p.m. You will first meet with the Eco Team staff at the designated location, where you will be warmly greeted by your naturalist/guide. You will then set out on an adventurous journey through the beautiful bird sanctuary

Sri Lanka Day Tours owning company, Eco Team’s specialized Birding Arm offers professional and quality birding tours in Sri Lanka since year 2000 for the birding community around the world with varied levels of interest

We have carefully planned every birding tour to maximize our birding success by visiting as many habitats, altitudinal zones, and local lesser known hideouts as possible while still maintaining a reasonable tour pace