Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
One of the oldest established bird sanctuaries in Sri Lanka, Kalametiya is located around 20 kilometres east of Tangalle and is a great option for a family outing. It’s an easy half hour drive away, and the best times to visit are in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the sun is lower and the wildlife moves about more freely. The tours offered at the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary take you on a boat excursion to spot some of the resident birdlife, as well as giving you an opportunity to take a guided tour through its jungles. With lush mangroves dotted around the coastal lagoon, there are more than 150 species of birds that call this sanctuary home, such as the Indian Reef Heron and the Black-capped Purple Kingfisher. There are also more than 20 species of mammals, 41 species of fish and 38 species of reptiles living here, which an experienced tour guide will be able to help you and your family spot during your tour. It’s an easy way to spend a few hours learning about the country’s biodiversity during your stay at Tangalle.