KokduwaA day with exotic birds on a mystical island in Polonnaruwa – Kokduwa Island

Take a boat to Kokduwa Island, enjoy a traditional coconut rotti and tea with fishermen before witnessing 30 different species of exotic birds conquer the land, water and sky… right before your eyes.


Why should you book this trip?

  • A fascinating activity for those who love bird watching.

  • It is in close proximity to Polonnaruwa, a city located in the north central province of Sri Lanka. This tour is a very feasible activity, since Polonnaruwa is usually featured on travel itineraries.

  • 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 Sri Lankan snack (pol rotti - coconut based) with tea on the island.

  • Accompanied by an experienced birding guide, makes this an eventful tour.

  • Kokduwa and Parakrama Samudra tank area are the best locations in Polonnaruwa to experience birding in this part of Sri Lanka.

  • Opportunity to interact with the local fishing community.




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Included in the price

  • Birding guide/naturalist fee

  • Boat ride to the Kokduwa Island

  • Classic Sri Lankan snack - pol roti (coconut and flour based snack) - with tea

  • Bottled water

  • All applicable Government taxes



  • Transportation to the meeting point

  • Any extra beverages or food consumed

  • Any tips to the staff

  • Any personal effects not mentioned in this description


Tour in Brief

You will first meet with the SLDT team at the designated location, where you will be warmly greeted by your guide. A boat ride will follow, to the island of Kokduwa. After a cup of tea and pol roti, the excursion will begin and should last about 2 to 3 hours.

A carefully planned birding tour is put in place 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.


  • 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.


  • Birding enthusiasts will love exploring the island of “Kokduwa” where you will be able to observe and spot various, exotic species of birds.
  • The Sri Lanka Day Tours team is geared to providing the best birding experiences possible.


  • 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.

 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


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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