MuthurajawelaThe birdwatchers quest: through the Swamp of Royal Treasure – Muthurajawela Wetlands

Muthurajawela Wetlands or the ‘Swamp of Royal Treasure’ is a birder and botanist’s wetland dream – home to a treasure trove of 102 species of birds and 194 species of flora.


Why should you book this trip?

  • It is a fascinating activity for those who love bird watching in the beautiful natural environment.
  • Muthurajawela wetland bears over 194 species of flora, distributed over seven major vegetation types which includes marsh, lactic flora, shrub land, reed, swamp, grasslands, stream bank and mangrove forest.
  • Muthurajawela wetland is not home to only birds but also many species of fish, reptiles, and mammals including nationally endangered species.
  • Guidance by an experienced birding guide/naturalist makes this even more special and inspiring.
  • Ideal day excursion to be done either from Colombo or Negombo as it’s located in close proximity to both cities.
  • Opportunity to interact with the local fishing community.

Birding Muthurajawela




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Included in the price

  • Services of a local birding guide
  • Boat fee 
  • Bottled water



  • Transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips
  • Any personal effects not mentioned above


Tour in Brief

  • You will meet the Sri Lanka Day Tours staff as well as your guide/naturalist at the pre-designated location. For the morning tour, your starting time will be 7.30 a.m. while the evening excursion begins at 4 p.m. You will be greeted by our warm staff and will be briefed on the two-hour programme by your guide/naturalist before entering the wetlands
  • Once in the wetlands, you will be able to witness firsthand, the reasons why the Muthurajawela sanctuary is renowned as one of the best natural habitats closer to the capital city of Colombo. Home to a dazzling array of birds, mammals, reptiles and flora, this natural haven is a hotspot for all those with an enthusiasm for the wild
  • Sri Lanka’s Day Tours owning company Eco Team’s Specialised Birding Arm offers professional and quality birding and nature 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 and nature 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
  • Cameras/video recorders

Muthurajawela wetlands

The Muthurajawela marsh is part of an integrated coastal wetland system of high biodiversity and ecological significance, which covers an area of 3,068 ha. It is located between 10-30 km north of Colombo in the Gampaha District. Together with the Negombo Lagoon (3,164 ha), Muthurajawela forms an integrated coastal wetland system of high biodiversity and ecological significance.

The ecosystem is listed as one of 12 priority wetlands in Sri Lanka, and in 1996, an area of some 1,777 ha in the northern section of Muthurajawela was declared a wetland sanctuary. The wetland makes a natural habitat for hundreds of varieties of endangered species as well as endemic species. Due to the ecological and biological importance of this wetland sanctuary it was recently named a 'protected wetland of the world. 

It is considered one of most important places in Sri Lanka in terms of flora and is a hotspot for botanists and plan enthusiasts. The Bio diversity report says 209 fauna varieties were identified in the sanctuary, with 17 endemic types and 26 nationally threatened varieties.


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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