Muthurajawela Marsh
Muthurajawela Marsh
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Linda G
Stony Mountain, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Spent an amazing morning on a canal tour. We felt like we were on the African Queen or the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland. Lots of wildlife, birds and vegetation. The canal water was very clean and the knowledge of our guide enhanced our experience. My husband said it was his favourite tour and it was so nice to be out of the city.
Written March 22, 2020
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EwaRH
Wilmington, DE22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We spent two days in Negumbo and wanted to tour the protected Muthurajawela Marsh area, which is great for birdwatching. The best time for that is in the morning but we couldn’t make it, so we opted for later in the afternoon. It was a great experience. The day was quite got, so being out on the water was refreshing. The mangroves are an amazing tangle of vegetation - that alone is worth a visit. And in spite of the late hour, we got to see kingfishers, herons, kites, eagles, cormorants, pelicans… and countless other birds. And, of course, monkeys and even a young monitor lizard sunning itself on a tree trunk! The boat got us as close as possible (the area is shallow) so we could get a better look without actually scaring the animals. And interesting birds were pointed out to us. It was an excellent experience and we’d do it again, given a chance.
Written March 26, 2023
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Kate
482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We hired a boat from Diksan Boat Tours and went for 1-hour tour. Diksan is a real hawk-eye and he showed us a lot of pretty local birds. The only thing that spoils the overal nice experience is a huge landfill site located right at the river bank - it attracts lots of birds indeed, however not the kind you would like to see travelling to such exotic location.
Written January 12, 2022
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philandjude
Lincoln, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We came here with a guide we had met in Negombo (Lucky’s Tours) and it was great. This was our first birding trip in Sri Lanka and we saw 30+ species. Local guide in boat was good but spoke little English and trip would not have been half as good without our guide, Lucky. If you are interested in birds this is a great trip and it’s also nice if you want a couple of hours floating down a canal/ lagoon. Much better if you go early in the morning!
Written February 11, 2020
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heatherkK8425FF
Adelaide, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
After reading the TA reviews we caught a tuk tuk from Negombo direct to the Visitor Centre - a 45min drive & got our driver to wait for us & take us back - 3000 rupees return. (Isolated out there & no tuk tucks in sight) Booked our 3pm tour by phone with the Visitor Centre in the morning. We were the only 2 on the boat with a driver & the guide. The guide pointed out kingfishers, herons, egrets, a baby crocodile, a big monitor (iguana-like creature) & monkeys, including mothers with babies clinging on. The tour cost us 1200 rupees each & lasted for a couple of hours & was really interesting. Nice to cruise along the canal & through the mangroves - so peaceful. Thoroughly recommend this option. Avoid the hustlers & go direct to the Visitor Centre, but book 1st.
Written May 3, 2018
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EPGilbert
Sydney132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
i am a frequent visitor to Sri Lanka but only recently found out about this trip. The location is not very easy to find - booking through a hotel might help, otherwise see my directions below taken from the visitor's guide. I did not have too much time to look at the visitor centre but we had reserved a boat leaving at 4 pm. My brief web-based research indicated first thing in the morning (the centre opens at 7.30 am) or last thing in the day (4 pm for a two hour tour - centre closes at 6 pm) is best. Life jackets provided although very, very gentle journey. My children enjoyed immensely. The trip starts by cruising along a Dutch built canal. This opens into the expanse of the Negombo lagoon. We saw extensive bird life including kingfishers, herons, egrets, kites, as well as a macaque monkey and water monitor. The two crew members - one tracker and the other driving - were very good and eagle-eyed. To enable close-up photography and to avoid disturbing the wildlife, the engine was shut down. I understand that these eco-tours were supported by the Dutch government in the late 90s until 2003. There is no further support. This is run by volunteers and attempting to show visitors the importance of conservation. They should ctainly be supported in their endeavours. Frankly, even if I we had seen no wildlife, it still would have provided a very pleasant way to spend half a day (including time to and from the centre). For reservations, (094)0114030150 or fax (094)0114887325. I also believe that they will soon have a Facebook site. Directions: Take highway from Colombo to Negombo, turn west (seaward) at the Tudella junction, 1 km north of Ja-Ela. Follow the Pamunugama Road. After 4km, just after passing the Bopitiya junction, a signboard on your left hand shows you the approach to the centre (approximately 500 m).
Written January 22, 2013
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jorisbreda
103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
First of all, I don't think Negombo is worth spending any time when you visit Sri Lanka, there are many better places to go!

However, if you decide to stay here more than one night you should really arrange a boat tour to the lagoon! We made a reservation with the conservation office and had to pay only 1100 rupee per person. We expected this tour to be really crowded but we had a boat and guide for just the two of us.

We have seen many birds (kingfisher, eagle etc.), monkeys, monitor lizzards (varans), a water snake and many more.

It is actually quite far away from Negombo. Withna tuk tuk you should leave about an hour before the boattrip. Tuk tuk charged us 1500 rupee, including two hours waiting at the pier.
Written August 5, 2014
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John F
Northallerton, UK54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Sri Lanka has some beautiful wildlife and a lot of it is within these mangroves "marsh".
It's a shame some wildlife is being killed off or driven away. This place including the Dutch canal and the lagoon needs help and it's sad to see it in such an awful state. The crocodile "which I didn't see" need to be brought back. I know the fishermen need to make a living but I'm sure there's a way to segregate them.
There also needs to be a big clean up operation put into place, I would volunteer my own time when I'm there to help clean up. The place should be as beautiful as the wildlife.
Tourists will pay more to see beauty within beauty than beauty in garbage.
OK that's my little rant over, hope more agree with me and share your thoughts.
Let's fix this.
Written October 21, 2016
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Prabath Somasekara 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Cheltenham, UK323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
A hidden place near Negombo. Had a wonderful boat ride through Muthurajawela Bird Sanctuary. Reasonable price. Highly recommended.
Written May 1, 2016
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Shaluka Gihan
Negombo, Sri Lanka3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have wonderfull bort safari in the evening we sowed lot of birds and fantastic sunset.. It was wonderfull thanks for our guide 'Shalu' he is the one arrange our tour best recommend if you worn't to contact him 0094 77 8988989 and he has a website reasonable prices www.heritagelankatours.com
Written June 25, 2014
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