Muthurajawela is a sanctuary to an array of animal species. The wetland is part of a coastal wetland system, and it occupies an area of 7,590 acres.
Muthurajawela is the largest coastal peat bog of Sri Lanka. Due to its role in improving the ecosystem, the wetland is considered a priority wetland.
The English translation of Muthurajawela is ‘Swamp of Royal Treasure’. The marsh is believed to be 7,000 years old. Its biodiversity is recognised by the government, and it is protected under the Flora and Fauna Protection Act.
The wetland supports a range of wild animals; Slender Loris is a noteworthy resident here. In addition, Muthurajawela provides refuge for 102 bird species.
A tourist hotspot
The wetland is a popular tourist highlight in Negombo. Tourists are offered boating and sightseeing tours. Visitors are accompanied by a member of the Muthurajawela Marsh Centre to make sure no harm is done to the ecosystem.