The Talangama Wetland offers visitors a close encounter with nature, without leaving the city of Colombo. It is situated in the outskirts of Colombo at Talangama Battaramulla close to the administrative capital of Sri Jayawardenepura and takes less than an hours’ drive from Colombo.
This wetland encompasses a manmade irrigation reservoir, lush green paddy fields, canals, ponds and marshes; the diversity making it a unique and favourable ecosystem for diverse species of fauna and flora to thrive in.
The Thalangama Lake is home to about 100 species of wetland birds and common garden birds such as Herons, Bulbuls, Swamp hens, Water hens, Kingfishers, Teals, Gulls, Swallows, Egrets and Storks amongst many others. Also seen here are numerous species of Butterflies and Dragonflies. There are also plenty of Purple faced leaf monkey and other reptiles to be seen here.
The Talangama Wetland is the bestl place to spend an enjoyable day birding, right in the suburbs of Colombo. The best time to visit the Wetland is early in the morning and late evening when birds and other wildlife are seen in plenty. Visitors can also hire a paddle boat and enjoy paddling on the lake with a great opportunity to take a closer look at the wildlife on the lake.