Muthurajawela Bird Watching, Negombo
Muthurajawela is a Marsh land of Sri Lanka in the southern region of Negombo Lagoon.Muthurajawela marsh was declared as a wetland sanctuary by the government. The daily high tide brings in seawater from the ocean into the wetland, and the continuous mixing of these two waters over thousands of years has led to a brackish, integrated coastal ecosystem that is biologically diverse and teeming with life. The Muthurajawela sanctuary is filled with mangroves and other types of medicinal plants. As you travel across the marshland on a boat you and encounter lot of birds and reptiles .There are birds such as Cormorants, Ducks, Egrets, Herons, Storks, Eagles, Terns, Swallows, Swifts, Kingfishers and other resident birds. Other than that Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake, the python, are also native.
Besides the rich bird life, you could witness Monkeys such as Toque Macaque, Prawn fishermen in the lagoon, Sea going fishing catamarans returning home after their night out in the sea and Mangroves vegetation.
The marsh is a major local and tourist attraction, primarily for sightseeing and boating tours, and the area also supports local agriculture and forestry. Visitors to the region are guided through the sanctuary areas by the staff of the Muthurajawela Marsh Centre to avoid serious harm to the marsh ecosystem.