Kalametiya Bird Watching & Ecotourism

Kalametiya Bird Watching & Ecotourism

Kalametiya Bird Watching & Ecotourism
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5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Kalametiya is a coastal wetland area that has an especially rich bio-diversity and is situated on the picturesque southeastern coast of sri Lanka. In the year 2008, Mr. KTH Gayan Geeth started a first Eco-friendly bird watching boat tour in Kalametiya Birds Sanctuary. Our love of the great outdoors and many years of experience has enabled us to develop some of the most exiting adventure and wildlife trips.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • MoravskyVrabec
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to see the bird and wildlife of the lagoon.
    My wife and I took a two-hour morning trip and it was a great experience. We saw 43 different bird species, all pointed out by our guide, who knew the local wildlife very well and knew all the English names of the birds. I would recommend this trip to any nature lover and definitely to birders who come to the area. They even treated us to a snack and had water if we needed it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Glenysmarie
    Perth, Australia27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful experience
    A well run tour with knowledgeable guides who know their stuff, have eyes like hawks and can spot them without binoculars we’ll before you can bring the binoculars up to your eyes. A tranquil and relaxing few hours observing nature from a slow punt boat. I recommend this tour, but maybe not for small children.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • cfma2000
    Melbourne, Australia144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Surroundings and Birds Galore.
    A perfect way to photograph and watch birds! Being the only people on the lake and the gentle boat ride meant being able to see and hear the many birds surrounding us. Our expert boatman and our guide Chomila could spot and identify a wide range of birds. Highly recommend this trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • BeachyNairobi
    81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wading birds galore
    Wonderful! To see so many birds in one place. Kingfishers, bee eaters, storks, spoonbills, oriental divers, different duck species and so many waders i couldnt identify them all. Great place for nature lovers. Good day out for little money.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Marjolein H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very Zen, unmissable nature-immersive experience - LOVED it!
    this was one of our favorite experiences on our trip to Sri Lanka. We went on a late afternoon boat safari with guide Chamila and had with him both a zen-master and a bird-whisperer in our midst. We saw a LOT of different species, learned a ton and had a very calming and relaxing afternoon. This boat safari also is a great activity when the weather isn't that great, since it doesn't really matter (and they provide huge umbrella's - that helps!). We initially ended up here because of the bad rain at the south coast but ended up having an experience we wouldn't want to miss!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Simon E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful experience
    The trip was amazing with a guide who could identify all the birds and explain their behaviour and habits. One of the most peaceful and relaxing places I have ever visited with a dazzling array of wildlife. It is definitely on my list for my next visit
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Mike I
    Oswestry, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience and highly recommended
    We booked this several weeks ahead from the UK. Gayan and his team were really good. The two young guides who accompanied us were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I have never seen so many different species in one area at the same time.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
  • AlinaTr17
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A perfect evening on the water
    The Kalametiya bird watching tour was the highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. It was such a peaceful and relaxing experience and we saw a lot of interesting birds close up. Our guide Pasindu was very knowledgeable, kind and patient and seems to really love his job. My only regret is that we didn't have time to go back for an early morning tour!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Emma
    Tiverton, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully peaceful & informative experience
    We went out at 4pm until sunset and were given 2 pairs of binoculars & a very competent young girl called Madhavi, who named & pointed out an a wonderful array of birds! We were out on the water in a very peaceful punt boat and headed back for a stunning sunset. Thank you for sharing the bird sanctuary with us!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2024
  • LetishaLondon
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical peaceful experience
    Wonderful peaceful boat trip shortly after dawn on this salt/freshwater lagoon and bird sanctuary. It was silent apart from the calls of the birds, the slight swish of the punt and the quiet voice of my lovely guide Chimila as he pointed out the birds and said their names. He was extremely knowledgeable and clearly loves the job and the nature around him. He could answer all my questions. We climbed a rock at one point (optional) and saw loads of birds from above the canopy. It was magical just to be surrounded by so much unspoiled nature in the early morning light. The boat was steered expertly by Mihinder. It was fantastic. I went on my own and Gayan (founder of the company) really looked after me and made sure to stay with me after the trip until my partner came to pick me up. Highly recommended!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 8, 2024
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maud l
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
It is in the early morning that Gayan takes you into the wonderful world of the lagoon.
Without a sound you glide on the water aboard his boat.
Still silently, Gayan beckons you to pick up the binoculars to start birding.
As the sun gently warms your back, as you smell the morning scent, your eyes discover a life you never suspected
Large, small, black and white, colorful, alone or in groups, hundreds of birds lead their lives among frogs running on the water.
Gayan knows them all.
While you observe an amazingly colored Kingfisher, Gayan prepares a snack for you and offers you a King coconut before stopping on a rock to gain height and observe the unique world of the lagoon.
Slowly, silently, to take advantage of every moment, return to dry land with the feeling of having lived a magical moment.
Gayan, thank you.
Written October 24, 2021
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Michael Todd Davis
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
While we saw about 45 different bird species, the real draw for my wife and me is the incredible beauty of the lagoon. i recommend going in the afternoon, as the lighting is great for pictures. I have traveled quite a bit over the last 10 years, and this lagoon, and the quiet of being poled through it made this one the great experiences of my travels. This includes trekking in the Mt Everest drainage, walking through the Namibian desert.
Written February 8, 2020
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sodini A
Kandy, Sri Lanka4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is a hidden gem with many bird varieties and spectacular views. Both Pasindu and the boatman were knowledgeable and were good at spotting birds. Their genuine gestures of hospitality touched all our hearts.
Gayan practices ecotourism here in ethical and sustainable way. He does not fill the boat with many people unlike some other boats. We saw one as same size as our boat, carrying nearly 20 people. Pasindu was talking quietly and the boat was rowing very slowly, not to disturb the wildlife.
We saw about 25 bird species including some less common species like stork-billed kingfisher (Sri Lanka's largest kingfisher), pied king fisher, swap hen, peasant-tailed jacana, Brahminy kite, indian darter and purple heron.
The price for the 2.5 hour trip was affordable and worth the trip.
Written April 11, 2023
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Dominique P
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Our trip was a spontaneous decision, suggested by our Tuk Tuk driver in Tangalle and we were so glad he did as this is a very special experience and one of the most enjoyable things we did while on holiday in Sri Lanka. We boarded our personal punt/pole boat, and were greeted by Pasindu, our friendly bird guide, and Gayan, our skilful pole driver for a 2 hour adventure gliding along the glassy water of Kalametiya Lagoon. The atmosphere was calm and peaceful, and Pasindu gave us both a pair of excellent binoculars to spot the birds. We saw Purple Herons, Indian Darters, White Egrets, Brahman Kyte, Pheasant-Tailed Jacana, Pied Kingfisher and red-wattled Lapwing. In total, 27 species of birds, some of which are migratory and others that are endemic. We are new to bird watching and Pasindu was very skilled at spotting birds we would have missed. He was also really knowledgeable and spoke English very well, showing us a Sri Lankan bird guide book with more info when desired. Bird watching aside, it was just a really nice atmosphere being out on that water as the day drew to a close. The sunset on the day we visited was average but we still enjoyed the light and shade as well as Pasindu's company. Sunrise is also an option which would be worth doing. There are other things to see on the lagoon if you're not into bird watching, like crocodiles!. Tarzan fans might enjoy it! Great value for money.
Written March 29, 2023
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julia s
Birmingham, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We highly recommend Gayan at KalametiyaBirds.com. we had the most gentle morning and then evening tour.
We loved the peace and tranquility of being silently punted around this huge (10square km of lagoon, mangrove and wetlands), magical lagoon.
The punts are very stable even for an older, weighty couple like us.
Each tour last 3-4 hours and Gayan, who speaks excellent English brings spare binoculars, snacks and water for everyone. We would recommend the sun rise and the sunset tours. His number is 0094 (0)777 060920.
Written January 29, 2022
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Tom B
France1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I stayed 2 weeks in Kalametiya, going almost twice a day in the lagoon with Mr. Gayan (the local boat guide) and living in his house. It was a unique experience, for both the calmness of the lagoon and the birding part (Kalametiya is home to almost two hundred different bird species), on boats that felt like we were sliding on water. Mr. Gayan is a really cool guy who made all those visits enjoyable, entertaining and interesting thanks to his impressive experience in birding.
Don't hesitate one second to visit, at least once, this site with him!!
Written September 6, 2021
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Emma
Tiverton, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We went out at 4pm until sunset and were given 2 pairs of binoculars & a very competent young girl called Madhavi, who named & pointed out an a wonderful array of birds! We were out on the water in a very peaceful punt boat and headed back for a stunning sunset. Thank you for sharing the bird sanctuary with us!
Written February 1, 2024
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Nilminiw
Edmonton, Canada232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Tour guide Gayan offers an excellent bird watching and eco-tour experience for any level of interest or knowledge. We really enjoyed whole tour and seen lots of birds and nature. I recommend this tour to anyone that love birding and nature. We will come back to do the same tour when we come again to Srilanka for vacation.
Written February 18, 2020
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Nataliya N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I had the most amazing time at the bird sanctuary in Sri Lanka! It's an absolute paradise for bird lovers like me. The park is packed with different species of birds, from stunning parrots to impressive eagles, all in their natural habitats.

The sanctuary's focus on conservation and education is inspiring. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the birds, which made the experience even more special. The park is designed so that you can get up close and personal with the birds without disturbing their natural habitats.

If you love nature and wildlife, this sanctuary is a must-visit destination. The park is beautifully designed, with plenty of walking paths and observation areas. You'll feel like you're in a bird-watching dreamland! I highly recommend this bird sanctuary to anyone who wants to experience the wonder and beauty of Sri Lanka's birdlife.
Written March 18, 2023
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LetishaLondon
London11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Wonderful peaceful boat trip shortly after dawn on this salt/freshwater lagoon and bird sanctuary. It was silent apart from the calls of the birds, the slight swish of the punt and the quiet voice of my lovely guide Chimila as he pointed out the birds and said their names. He was extremely knowledgeable and clearly loves the job and the nature around him. He could answer all my questions. We climbed a rock at one point (optional) and saw loads of birds from above the canopy. It was magical just to be surrounded by so much unspoiled nature in the early morning light. The boat was steered expertly by Mihinder. It was fantastic. I went on my own and Gayan (founder of the company) really looked after me and made sure to stay with me after the trip until my partner came to pick me up. Highly recommended!
Written February 8, 2024
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