Pottuvil Lagoon
Pottuvil Lagoon
4.5
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Duration: 1-2 hours
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1LifeStand
Colombo, Sri Lanka5,263 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
In the morning, we booked a slot at 4.30pm for a 2 hour boat ride. The people who man the tiny office and rafts were attentive and polite. They gave us a mat to sit on the raft and clean life jackets.

We saw 3 elephants feeding, an eagle in its nest, a few birds and mangroves.

The boatman Ismail was a pleasant man who couldn't speak much Sinhalese, therefore he couldn't explain much, but that was okay.

It is not a must do excursion, but nice to do if you have 2 hours at your disposal.
Written May 6, 2022
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Craig D
London, UK64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We decided to go on a lagoon safari, we had heard great things about the safari. Overall it was a reasonable experience, and very peaceful however we didn’t see much wildlife other than birds. They said we were unfortunate, so perhaps it wasn’t our day.

Transport to the lagoon was by Tuk Tuk, he was 15 minutes late which when you got up got a 6am collection was slightly frustrating.

The tour was safe and relaxing itself, it was not very expensive so even though we didn’t see crocodiles or elephants as expected it was not a major disappointment.

You ride round the lagoon on a man paddled boat, which is not very comfortable so wear flexible clothing.

Lagoon Eco Safari Pottuvil Lagoon
Written May 8, 2024
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Rishan v
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is a must do when in Pottuvil. The lagoon is calm and lined with beautiful mangroves lining either side. We did the tour in the evening and saw the most beautiful sunset. As we cruised along, saw a few crocodiles wading into the water. Ever present peacocks made the colours vibrant. A few monkey families were seen after a day's work.
Written February 20, 2022
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hayat tours and taxi service arugambay
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
When we arrived at Arugam Bay on the remote east coast of Sri Lanka, we had no idea that only a couple of days later, we would be just a few meters away from a family of elephants, in the middle of a tropical storm, while floating aboard a makeshift raft. But when we arrived at Arugam Bay, we had not heard of Pottuvil Lagoon!

Written December 20, 2018
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CeeWondersLah
London, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
we had some time in Arugam bay and decided to go to Pottuvil lagoon for 'safari' . and we booked via Paddywave.
First things, they are not Irish. The Paddy is a corruption of padi or rice.
the owner is committed conservationist so do support his agency.

we rang up him up after we read some reviews . Luckily we did , as we would have booked through a tuk tuk driver and short changed on the Pottuvil lagoon safari.
the booking was made on the phone, but no deposit or credit card was required. They turned up in Tuk tuk as planned at about 6.30am, after a 20 min ride we got to the lagoon and a boat was waiting for us. The guide was very knowledgeble about the plants and birds in the lagoon. And the difference can be discerned by his spotting of hidden birds which we didnt even see.
The trip is very surreal . the boat left the jetty before dawn , and it was dead quiet as we got partway into the Lagoon. As the boatman was only paddling ( no engines), the only sounds you could hear in the semi darkness of dawn was the splashing of the paddle and the birds calling. And a full moon on the horizon.
At one point our guide got the boatman to stop by a fisherman so that we could see what he had caught.
we saw lots of birds - eagles, herons, kingfisher, peacocks ( yes peacocks), and even two crocodiles. we unfortunately failed to catch sight of elephants as it was the wrong season.
the whole trip was around 2.5 to 3 hrs and cost us about 6000 LKR. please be aware that the tuk tuk drivers offer around the 5000 to 5500 LKR price but you only get about 1 - 1.5 hrs, and you wont be having an expert guide to point out the different kind of birds.
we even made a stop near the beach end of the lagoon where we had tea and some breakfast for around 400 LKR. but the views from the beach were also fantastic. Again no beach stop if you go with the tuk tuk drivers.
you will need hats and sun tan lotion on your return trip i.e. after the boat turns around. because the sun is still very strong when you are out on the boat without shade at 10 to 11am.
Written May 5, 2018
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SquirrelAdvisor
The Netherlands60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We did an afternoon tour of the lagoon. It was nice to be out on the water to cool down a little bit. On the lagoon it feels very quiet and tranquil, while spotting all kinds of birds and animals. We saw elephants, crocs, eagles kingfisher, and loads of other birds. Halfway they take you to pottuvil point beach where you can have some drink and there is usually surfing going on. Can recommend it.
Written June 18, 2017
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bernarda69
Maribor, Slovenia51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
It was a rainy day but as soon as we got close to the lagoon, the rain stopped and sun tried to get through the clouds. We agreed to rent a boat with a "driver" at the Fisherman society. That way the community gets all the money!
It was amazing sitting on the "platform" between two canoes and just watch the lagoon changing it's colours as the sun started to shine. We saw a lot of birds and even 4 elephants. It was a kind of experience you never forget!!
Written December 11, 2018
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Tessa357
Utrecht, The Netherlands5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Went on a lagoon safari with a fisherman, he paddled the boot through the lagoon by hand. There was nothing to hear but birds! Saw at least 8 elephants just outside the jungle, and many eagles. On the way back we saw farmers with their water buffalos moving around the lagoon. Very nice morning activity!
Written June 3, 2017
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Akm A
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Great view so enjoy the
Nice nature and love day that day definitely recommend this place everything good ............
Written May 12, 2022
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Nilanthi M
Colombo, Sri Lanka10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
We had an enjoyable boat ride in the Pottuvil lagoon. Beautiful serene place to visit. By talking to the villagers understand hardly any visitors due to the pandemic.
Written February 14, 2021
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