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Muthurajawela Re- visited.......... (0)

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The Muthurajawela Marshes are situated just south of Negombo and covers an area of approximately 6,000 hectares inclusive of the Negombo lagoon. The daily high tide brings in seawater from the ocean into the wetland. Continuous mixing of these two waters over thousands of years, has led to a brackish, integrated coastal ecosystem that is biologically diverse and teeming with life. A variety of mangroves and other types of flora including medicinal plants are found alongside numerous types of birds, butterflies and fish, some of which are endemic. Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake, the Python, are also native.

Stats in Brief

Stratification: Mangrove, Lagoon & Salt Marsh

Size: 6,232ha

Status: Ramser Wetland - Wetland Sanctuary

Altitude: 0m to 10m

Temperature: Mean annual temperature is 27 (degree c)

Annual Rainfall: Average annual rain fall 2000-2500mm

Best time of year to visit: All year round; September to April migrant birds can be observed in numbers

Optimum duration of stay:
Half a day or full day visit

Accommodation Options: All hotels in Negombo & Colombo

Highlights: Water birds, migrating waders, many species of Butterflies and specially good for Dragonflies and Mangrove forest.

Courtesy by (www.reddottours.com)

Nature Haiku
By Allison Liddle

I can feel myself
Relaxing as the water
Rushes past my feet

Birds voice their beauty
As they are gliding over
Touching the tree tops

As I look into
The river water’s mirror
I can see clearly

At night in the plains
The crickets practice their songs
Mating melodies

The stars shine so bright
Heaven can’t be miles away
For it is right here

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