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

3 Hours

Birding 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.


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

Our Services Include;

  • Services of a local birding guide cum boat operator
  • Boat fee
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Fresh Local Fruits
  • Use of Bird Book as a guide
  • All applicable Govt. taxes

Our Services do not include;

  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to Staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned in this description
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 3 travel reviews
Very Good
  1. Must do activity in Tangalle
    By John K
    from United Kingdom
    February 10, 2024
    The catamaran ride was a fantastic experience. We spotted more than 30 species of birds. Our local guide was very knowledgeable about the local birds and made the trip unforgettable for us. We were there at sunset and it was so quiet and peaceful and the only sounds we could hear were the ocean waves and the hundreds of birds flying around. My wife and I will never forget this trip on our honeymoon. We highly recommend doing the boat ride.
    Date of Experience: January 31, 2024
  2. Unique & Unforegettable Experience....
    By Dieter
    from Austria
    December 15, 2023
    The catamaran ride we had in Kalametiya lagoon was a unique and unforgettable experience that combines the thrill of sailing with the serenity of bird watching. The lagoon is a haven for avid bird watchers and nature enthusiasts alike. Make sure that you visit either early morning or late afternoon for the best experience and the season is from November to April. Great Experience. A big Thank to Sri Lanka Day Tours for organizing this fantastic experience.
    Date of Experience: November 30, 2023
  3. Fantastic start of the day!
    By Sarah S
    from Sri Lanka
    November 23, 2023
    We went the early morning tour. It was fantastic to observe the sunrise in the quietness of the nature. Only us and the birds. Our local guide was very nice and friendly on personal Level. The ride was safe, calm and we enjoyed fully the trip. Recommend!
    Date of Experience: November 16, 2023

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Birding in the island’s oldest and greatest bird sanctuary – Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
From $36
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $18
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $12
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $9
/ Adult - 4 Persons
  • SLDT/1702/BW02
  • 6.00 am or 3.00pm
  • Kalametiya Lagoon
  • 24 hours
  • 3 hours
  • Throughout the Year


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