2 months ago
It's kinda confusing how it works with these tours, so to keep it short: There are no official tours run by the government or NGOs through the national reserve. Private people offer these tours (and pay the entrance etc. to the government), which is the reason why you probably find several places and start points on maps or other sites for these tours. This one here was the one we chose. Costs were around 5000 RS for a 2hrs tour (total, not per person - the costs refer to one boat), while the other one we checked out wanted 6000. We had a great bird watching experience with Mahesh - our guide for this boat trip through the bird Sanctuary. He took us out on the lagoon with a nice little catamaran, which was monitored by his colleague. Mahesh speaks very well English and is kind and cortuous. Furthermore, he is well versed in terms of all the bird which live in the sanctuary. He even brought binoculars and a guide book to show us which birds we've seen and what's special about them. ...
3 months ago
Beautiful Kalametiya lagoon and beach. Tranquil and scenic. Wonderful boat trip onto the lagoon to see the birds catch their breakfast. Long warm swim at the harbour end of the beach. So peaceful. Found a green turtle shell and lots of sea glass for craftwork.
- Susan Z
9 months ago
From our first contact with Mahesh the service was outstanding. He made sure we knew how to get to his place with the best route possible and even checked on us in the morning to make sure we were not lost. The birdwatching was spectacular. Mahesh kept saying names of different kinds of birds while we sat and enjoyed the views. It was an incredibly relaxing way to spend an early morning enjoying nature.
- Nic E
Kalametiya bird sanctuary is located in Hambantota district, southern province, in SriLanka. It is a protected area by the government of SriLanka. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1938. Kalametiya bird sanctuary falls in to the dry zone category. It is a nice natural landscape for bird watching and nature safari. It is full of water and water flows to the sea through the bird sanctuary. Kalametiya bird sanctuary consists with beautiful mangroves, coastal lagoons, and scrub lands. Many species of resident birds, migratory birds and endemic birds can be seen. These lagoons support breeding colonies of pelicans, herons, egrets and open-billed stork and large wintering populations of migratory ducks and shorebirds. You can enter in to the bird sanctuary by a catamaran. You can climb up the rocks in the middle of the bird sanctuary, and you will see beautiful sceneries of the bird sanctuary from the top of the rocks. It will be a nice tour for nature lovers and you will feel the real feeling of the nature. As well as, it is an excellent location for photography.

Location type - Nature & Birds    
Starting time of the tour
Morning - from 6.00 am to 7.00 am 
Evening - from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm  

Duration - Two hours        

Booking - One day prior notice
Possible period - All around the year

Arrival and departure transport for any location could be arranged on request for an additional cost

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Mahesh M Jayasooriya, 122/26, Hungama Gurupokuna Road, Kalametiya Tangalla.
Tangalle 82120
Sri Lanka

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