If you have lived in Colombo and someone mentions the word “birds”, it is more than likely the first thing that comes to your mind is “crows”! However, the city has many more species that you can observe, especially at the Attidiya Bird Sanctuary.
Where you can find it
This somewhat lesser known attraction is located in Colombo’s outskirts in an area known as Attidiya. 10 minutes from the Mount Lavinia property of Siddhalepa Resorts, Spas & Hospital, the sanctuary borders the well-known Bellanwila Buddhist Temple.
The adventure begins
Head to Kahawita Mawatha where you will find two local wildlife offices on either side of the canal. Here you can get more information about the sanctuary including the paths to follow.
As you traverse the Attidiya Bird Sanctuary by foot, keep a lookout for endemic and migratory waterbirds at the marshy areas. The Spot Billed Pelican, White Ibis, Purple Heron and Painted Stork are just some of the species you may spot. You can see many colourful butterflies too which is a bonus!
Planning your visit
Early mornings and evenings are generally the best times for some bird watching, while December and January are great months to spot migratory bird species. After your time here, you can plan a stay at one of the Ayurveda resorts in Sri Lanka within easy reach of the sanctuary for a truly relaxing experience.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+