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Muthurajawela Wetlands Safari

Shrouded in myth and legend, the tour through the Muthurajawela Wetlands through the Hamilton Canal will leave you in awe at the beauty of this hidden reserve in the middle of a bustling city. The myriad of flora and fauna from birds to reptiles are a sight to behold when you cruise along these marshlands. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles, water monitors too.

As it’s located approximately one hour away from our villa in Negombo, Taru Villas’ can arrange a private transfer service should you need assistance in getting there.

A Look into the Muthurajawela Wetlands

  • According to ancient myth, the Muthurajawela Wetlands is believed to be a hiding place for treasure in the days of the ancient kingdoms. In fact, the name literally translates to ‘Swamp of Royal Treasure’.
  • The wetlands were declared a nature reserve in 1996 and has been a major tourist attraction ever since.
  • There are several species of animals that dwell here: 40 species of fish, 14 species of reptiles, 102 species of birds, 22 species of mammals, and 14 species of amphibians.
  • It’s approximately one hour away from Taru Villas - Riva.

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