Sri Lanka, a tropical island nation located just south of India, is a country known for its exotic wildlife. Sri Lanka is one of the top destinations in South Asia and attracts many tourists each year who visit this island nation due to its many historic places, beautiful beaches, delicate eco-system, and rich culture.
Sri Lanka is blessed with an eco-system which is home to many species of flora and fauna, and a popular place which is home to many of Sri Lanka’s exotic species is the Muthurajawela Swamp. This massive marsh, which is located towards the south of the Negombo lagoon, is an excellent place to witness the beauty and mystery of life in the wild.
The Muthurajawela Swamp, spreading over 6000 hectares, is believed to have originated over 7000 years ago, and has served as the home for natural habitat of several species of animals and plants. With over 190 types of plants; ranging from mangroves to medicinal herbs, and over 200 species of animals; including many types of reptiles and birds, this swamp truly is a magnificent example of an eco-system with a delicate balance. Many tourists and wildlife enthusiasts have marveled the sights and unique features of this massive swamp, which has thus gained popularity as one of the best wildlife destinations within Sri Lanka. The marine life in this swamp is indeed marvelous too, as there are over 40 species of fish in this swamp, of which 15 species are indigenous to Sri Lanka. One can see many exotic creatures such as crocodiles, monitor lizards, pythons, herons, butterflies and many other creatures in the thick of the tropic flora. In short, if you are a lover of exploring and wandering into gloomy swamps to unearth its many secrets and wonders, the Muthurajawela Swamp is definitely worth a visit.
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