Only half an hour from Colombo, Talangama offers an ideal chance to familiarise yourself with Sri Lankan birdlife while you get over your jetlag. As well as all the water birds detailed in other reviews, we saw the elusive Indian Koel, red Paradise Flycatcher, sunbirds, the Black-Headed Oriole, Lesser Yellownape Woodpecker and numerous others.
There are wetlands, lakes and some large villas shaded by trees, so there are people around but the place has a very tranquil feel. Take a picnic and get there at dawn with bird book and binoculars. Otherwise stay at the Villa Talangama - highly recommended!
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