Muthurajawela Marsh is the country’s largest saline wetland stretching over 6000 hectares of land is located on the western coach between the river Kelani and the lagoon and at a distance of 18 kilometres from Negombo.
Nearly 75 species of birds are sheltered here. Some of them are kingfishers, cormorants, purple herons, green herons, egrets, Indian pond herons, 48 species of butterflies, etc., and migrant birds can be spotted in the peak seasons, September to April. Both sides of the canal are enrobed with dense mangrove trees, and other medicinal plants are also grown here. From the visitor centre, a two-hour boat ride that costs Rs900 per head takes one to the home of birds and mammals. Marsh muggers, Sri Lanka’s most giant snake, and Python and Monitor lizards are noticeable.