Kokkilai Bird Sanctuary

Sri Lanka is widely considered to be a birder’s paradise. With numerous bird parks and nature reserves strewn across its vivid landscape, the island attracts flocks of bird enthusiasts from around the world each year.

The Kokkilai Bird Sanctuary is situated along the Kokkilai Lagoon and is home to an abundance of exotic migratory, resident, and endemic bird species. Explore this aquatic habitat for a glimpse of the rare and endangered Black-Necked Stork or the large number of pelicans that feed here regularly.

  • Time of Departure – Best time to go 3:30pm.
  • Duration – Three hours including a one-hour drive to and from Kokkilai, and a two-hour boat ride across the lagoon
  • Distance – 35 km
  • What is included – Vehicle transport to Kokkilai, water bottles, entrance fees, drinks and snacks, fresh juice, binoculars, and a cool towel upon your return
  • What to bring/wear – comfortable, cool clothes which are suitable for bird watching, a sunhat, gym shoes, your camera.
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