This site is met with 1 km away from Ranna on he Ranna-Kalamatiya road. The Bird Sanctary in Kalametiya was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1938 (2.500 hectares) but this was abolished in 1946 due to the opposition of local residents. A considerably reduced area was once again declared a sanctuary in 1984, The Sanctuary includes the Lunama and Kalamatiya lagoons. Karukalli Saltern and the surrounding marshy areas.
What is the best time to visit Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
December to March provides you a good opportunity see resident, endemic and migratory birds at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary. But all other months are also good for bird watching.
How to get in to Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary?
Tangalle is the closest town to Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and is 30 minutes’ drive. Galle is 1 ½ hours’ drive away from Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary.
How to Explore Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary?
By foot or by boat (traditional paddling catamaran), with an experienced guide.
Opening times of Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary is opened from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Wildlife of Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kalamatiya area records about 15] 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. 38 species of reptiles, a large number of which are nationally and globally threatened. 41 species offish, about 20 species of mammals with 4 endemic (Shrew- Hikmeeya, Toque Monkey - Rilawa. bicoloured, Spiny Rat -Katu Miya and Tree Mouse) and a large number of plants have been recorded within the Sanctuary.
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