Kalametiya Bird SanctuaryBirding in the island’s oldest and greatest bird sanctuary – Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

Explore a secluded wetland and bird breeding ground of salt water lagoons, mangrove swamps and open plains, completely overwhelmed with colonies of pelicans, open-billed storks, migratory ducks, shorebirds and more at Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary.


Why should you book this trip?

  • It is a fascinating activity for those who love bird watching in a wondrous environment, at an impressive frequency and at times, unbelievable proximities.

  • Kalametiya is a coastal wetland area that is situated on the picturesque southeastern coast of Sri Lanka with a very rich biodiversity of avifauna.

  • The Kalametiya area records about 150 species of birds of which 54 are migratory. There are four nationally threatened birds found within the sanctuary – Indian Reef Heron, Glossy Ibis, Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl and Black-capped Purple Kingfisher, with Jungle Fowl being the only endemic species.

  • An experienced birding guide/naturalist accompanying you makes the birding excursion even more special and inspiring.

  • Logistically situated on your way to the famous Yala National Park, visiting the Park can easily be included in your itinerary.

  • Opportunity to interact with the local community.

  • Sri Lanka Day Tours, Eco Team’s specialised Birding Arm, offers professional and quality birding tours in Sri Lanka since year 2000 for the birding community around the world, accommodating different levels of birding interests and is geared to ensuring a satisfied and unique experience.

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Included in the price

  • Services of a local birding guide
  • Boat fee

  • Bottled drinking water

  • All applicable Govt. taxes


  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed

  • Any tips to Eco Team representatives

  • Any personal effects not mentioned in this description


Tour in Brief

  • The Sri Lanka Day Tours Team is geared to providing the best birding experiences available. Birding enthusiasts will love exploring the hidden gem known as the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary as it is the country’s oldest bird sanctuary and is known to hold numerous exotic species of birds
  • This two-hour excursion into the heart of the sanctuary will begin at 6 a.m. (for morning tours) or 4 p.m. You will first meet with the Eco Team staff at the designated location, where you will be warmly greeted by your naturalist/guide. You will then set out on an adventurous journey through the beautiful bird sanctuary
  • Sri Lanka Day Tours owning company, Eco Team’s specialized Birding Arm offers professional and quality birding tours in Sri Lanka since year 2000 for the birding community around the world with varied levels of interest
  • We have carefully planned every birding tour to maximize 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.

  • Insect repellents and sun-protection creams are recommended items to carry.

  • All electronic devices should be securely carried.

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

Kalametiya sanctuary is located in the Hambantota District and is considered a dry zone. First established in 1938, it is the island’s oldest bird sanctuary and occupies a beautiful area between two salt water lagoons, bordering a mangrove swamp and open plains.

Lagoons, mangroves and scrublands are the main habitat types found in this sanctuary. The lagoons play a key role by supporting breeding colonies of pelicans, herons, egrets and open-billed stork and large wintering populations of migratory ducks and shorebirds.

Kalametiya is one of Sri Lanka’s most secluded nature reserves but it is one of the most richly endowed bird habitats in the country. This sanctuary is home to several species of birds including: Black-capped Purple Kingfisher, Indian Reef Heron, Jungle Fowls and Glossy Ibis. Several species of mammals, reptiles and insects have also made their home in the Kalametiya bird sanctuary.


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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