Nestled in South of Negombo, covering an area of 6000 hectares, Murthurajawela marsh is a must visit on your trip to the west coast of Sri Lanka. The marsh is home to many reptiles such as crocodiles, lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake, the Python, the place is the natural habitat to a range of various species.
Muthurajwala mash covers a massive area including the Negombo Lagoon. While the marsh is great to be visited all year round, during September fascinating migrant birds visit the area. Many species of butterflies, water birds and dragon flies are among the common species here. Forming a coastal wetland eco system running inland up to Ragama and Piliyandala the marshy land connects the Kelani River and the Negombo Lagoon.
40 species of fish have been recorded here accounting for 45% of Sri lanka’s native fish species, inclusive of five endangered and four exotic species. Out of the amphibians present here the most common are the water monitor, lizard and two species of geckos. The star tortoise known to be a dry zone species is also found here. Home to 25 % of the mammal species found in the island the marsh boasts of fishing cats and slender loris. Various mangrove plants, flora and fauna give a rainforest atmosphere to this area. With all this and more to see, a boat ride to Muthurajawela would easily seem like traveling through the amazon, only a little less complicated.
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