This is small a marshland close to Colombo with a rich biodiversity. Leave your Sri Lanka apartment, the big city buzz, rattling of traffic and thick layers of smoke in the air to explore the serene bliss of birds chirping, butterflies flapping away and the magnificent sight of lush green mashes at the Attidiya bird sanctuary.
The sanctuary is located in Horona road, Borelesgamuwa just outside Colombo. Thus not far from the city for nature lovers and bird watchers, those staying in city hotels or luxury apartments such as Cinnamon Life Colombo should head down for a relaxed evening, surrounded by nature.
The sanctuary is home to over 15 bird species, varieties of colorful butterflies, various insects and reptiles including snakes such as cobras and pythons. The waters are lustrous with vibrant water lilies and it is also said to be home to a large crocodile.
Your journey will start as you walk along the footpath from the wildlife office in Kahawita. The floor will get muddy and dense with thick vegetation as you reach the mashes.
Make sure to wear boots as it is extremely muddy and take precautions against mosquitos and other insects. The best time to visit is between December to January as it is the migrating season and it is advisable to go in the mornings and evenings.
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