Beddagana Wetland Park
Last Updated on 11/11/2021
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Located at the edge of Diyawanna Lake, with close proximity to the Sri Lankan Parliament, the marshlands of Beddagana Wetland Park are an enchanting natural landscape and a bird sanctuary that also happens to be an underrated public park. Spanning over 18 hectares of land space, this wetland park attracts many locals – in particular – families interested in exploring the biodiversity of flora and fauna of the park, and it’s a popular stopover for couples looking for an evening of recreation.
|Timings||6:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Entrance||LKR 100* (Locals)|
How to get to Beddagana Wetland Park?
Beddagana Wetland Park borders the charming Diyawanna Lake in the Sri Lankan capital city, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. The Wetland Park area may look quite interior, but it’s located in the middle of the urban suburbs and can be reached within 30 minutes from Colombo if you’re using a private vehicle or a taxi. As no direct bus routes are passing by the wetland parks, you may have to hail a taxi at all costs depending on how closest the bus gets by. If you use a ride-hailing app, it wouldn’t cost you more than Rs. 500 to get to Beddagana Wetland from Colombo. Road tuk-tuks may not know the exact location of this gem so in such situations, refer to the Diyawanna Lake or the Parliament Complex.
Things to do in Beddagana Wetland Park
Beddagana Wetland Park is home to a variety of animal species. So much so, it invites over 50 species of exotic migratory birds, 119 species of butterflies, dragonflies and mammals to its flourishing swamp lands. Some of the migratory bird species are only native to Asian Wetland Parks. Avid bird watching enthusiasts could find themselves in a mini urban paradise here in Beddagana Wetland. Make sure to head to the bird watching tower for phenomenal angles.
If you’re in Colombo during the weekend and you want a brief getaway out of town, the Beddagana Wetland area is the ideal place. Here you could catch scenic nature at its purest and immerse yourself in tranquillity. When you enter the park complex, you will come across a wooden walking path that extends over the swamps, which makes moving around the area much convenient whilst giving you a panoramic view of the Beddagana Wetland. You can worry less about getting your feet muddy during the escapades and enjoy your wildlife tour.
Travellers never forget to click few dramatic captures of the Wetland Park while visiting. If you’re looking to get some captures for Instagram, you can head over during early dawn or dusk for the most spectacular views. Take a good camera not just for the portraits, but to zoom in on those exotic birds you may never have seen.
Points to keep in mind when visiting Beddagana Wetland Park
According to many locals, early mornings are said to be the best time to visit Beddagana Wetland Park. As there are not many people visiting during morning hours, you’ll have the walking path all to yourself.
As its a public park and also a preserved natural sanctuary, maintenance is required to keep up with the standards they promise. You will have to pay a small fee for entrance, but it’s completely worth it. However, paying an entrance fee will not bail you out from polluting the park. Make sure you don’t dispose of anything on the shrouded waters of the wetlands.
*Mentioned prices are subject to change over time.
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