Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest bird sanctuaries. Though not as popular as Bundala National Park for bird watching, it offers the same level of wildlife diversity with less crowds. Kalametiya is home to over 150 species of birds and stretches over 2,500 hectars. Birds from around the world come to Kalametiya during the winter months of December and January because of its lagoons and swamps. Though Kalametiya is a bird sanctuary, it also has different mammals, fish, and reptiles present.
Opt to book a boat tour before heading to the sanctuary as they don’t offer tours inside; it’s also the best way to bird watch in the sanctuary. You can also do a jungle trek and climb rocks.
A tour to Kalametiya National Park is a quick day trip from Tangalle, Hambantota, and Tissamaharama. You can speak to your hotel to arrange for a tour to pick you up from your hotel.