Nestled amidst the populous suburbs of Attidiya, just a few minutes’ drive outside of Colombo, is the serene marshlands of the Attidiya Bird Sanctuary. These wetlands are teeming with all manner of vibrant and interesting wildlife, with the resident avifauna, of course, being the highlight. It’s home to over 166 different species of bird, up to 71 species of charming butterflies an array of different fish, reptile and amphibian varieties! For those of you want a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the verdant expanses of this sanctuary can prove to be the perfect tranquil escape.
Birdwatching enthusiasts should make it a point to visit this fantastic attraction – you’ll be awestruck by the sheer degree of biodiversity found just outside Sri Lanka’s commercial metropolis. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of some of the rarer denizens of Attidiya, such as the wily Indian shag, the giant spot-billed pelican and the regal white ibis.
The best part is that the sanctuary is open all day, so you can always sneak in a quick visit into your schedule. That being said, be sure to head there during dawn or dusk to catch the full spectacle of migratory birds taking flight to and from their nests.