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Bird Watching in Kokduwa, Polonnaruwa

Explore an island in the middle of Parakrama Samudraya in the Historical Kingdom of Polonnaruwa


Why should you book this trip?

  • It is a fascinating activity for those who love bird watching

  • It is in close proximity to Polonnaruwa, which makes this an activity that can be done by everyone who passes or stays in Polonnaruwa

  • Kokduwa is surrounded by the second biggest tank in Sri Lanka Parakrama Samudra

  • The Kokdowa area records about 30+ species of birds of which a few are also migratory

  • Enjoy a delicious traditional Sri Lankan-style snack (Pol Rotti) with tea on the island

  • Guidance by an experienced birding guide makes this even more special and inspiring

  • Ideally located in Polonnaruwa area where there are various other attractions and cultural sites to visit

  • Kokduwa and Parakrama Samudra tank area are the best locations in Polonnaruwa to see a wide variety of colourful birds

  • Opportunity to interact with the local fishing community


 14 USD

   1 PERSON  - 53 USD                         


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Quick Facts

  • Preferred starting times: 5.30 a.m./8.30 a.m./3.30 p.m./6 p.m.

  • Duration:  2 – 3 hours

  • Possible period – All around the year

  • Meeting point: Near Kokduwa

  • Arrival and departure transport for any location could be arranged on request for an additional cost

You will meet



Nimal – the guide who will assist you during this excursion has 14 years of experience as a birding guide. He also speaks Sinhala, English, and Tamil fluently. He currently lives in Polonnaruwa with his family.

Included in the price

  • Birding guide/naturalist fee

  • Boat ride to the kokduwa island

  • Traditonal Sri Lankan snack (pol rotti) with tea

  • Bottled water

  • Applicable Government taxes




  • Transportation to the start point

  • Any extra beverages or food consumed

  • Any tips to the staff

  • Any personal effects not mentioned above

Tour in Brief

  • The Sri Lanka Day Tours Team is geared to providing the best birding experiences available. Birding enthusiasts will love exploring this island “Kokduwa” where you can spot various species of birds

  • This 2-3 hour excursion will begin at four starting times throughout the day. You will first meet with the SLDT staff at the designated location, where you will be warmly greeted by your guide

  • After meeting the guide you will take the boat ride to the island and enjoy a cup of tea with a pol rotti snack

  • You will then set out on an adventurous journey through the beautiful bird island

  • The Sri Lanka Day Tours owning company, Eco Team’s specialised birding arm offers professional and quality birding tours in Sri Lanka since the year 2000 for the birding community around the world, with varied levels of interest

  • We have carefully planned every birding tour to maximise our birding success by visiting as many habitats, altitudinal zones, and local lesser known hideouts as possible while still maintaining a reasonable tour pace


  • Suitable casual clothing for windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered

  • Sun hat, sun cream recommended

  • Cameras/video recorders

 Birds you can see

The little grebe Spot billed pelican Indian cormorant
The oriental darter Little egret The great egret
The intermediate egret The grey heron The purple heron
The striated heron The black-crowned night heron Yellow bittern
The painted stork The Asian openbill The black-headed ibis
Eurasian spoonbill Lesser whistling duck Black kite
The black-headed ibis White bellied sea eagle Common moorhen
Little ring plover Kentish plover Lesser sand plover
Greater sand plover Caspian plover Red wattled lapwing
Terek sandpiper Indian stone curlew Long tailed skua



We  booked two holidays with this company, one in 2014 and another in August 2017. We had great experiences on both holidays. In 2014 they booked us at a lovely cottage, beautifully located in the hill country with friendly staff and a great naturalist guide. For the recent holiday they put in touch with an excellent diving instructor who runs his own place and both my wife and I enjoyed three days of diving as well as got our PADI diving certificates. All in all, I think that they have a strong focus on finding high quality locations, good guides and other personnel. I would recommend them without hesitation.

Sandeep Mody – India - AUG 15-17

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