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The Ramsar site of Bundala Lewaya, along with neighbouring Kalametiya, is home to almost all Sri Lanka’s resident waterbirds and also attracts countless migrant species between November and March.

Highlights include greater flamingo, lesser adjutant and painted stork. Other common species are marsh sandpiper, intermediate, and great egrets, brown-capped babbler, Asian openbill, Eurasian spoonbill, black-winged stilt, golden plover, little stint and curlew sandpiper. Mammals such as elephant, chital, grey langur, water monitor and crocodile are also seen regularly.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: chital, gharial crocodile, grey langur, African elephant, water monitor, Asian elephant
  • Where: Southern Province, Sri Lanka

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Sri Lanka Wildlife & Culture

This trip idea uncovers some of the many wildlife, cultural and historical highlights that Sri Lanka has to offer. As well as safaris in Yala, Udawalawe and Bundala National Parks, home to leopards, elephants and leatherback turtles (seasonal), you will also visit Sigiriya Rock and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea