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Udawatta Kele Sanctuary - Bird Watchig in Kandy

Udawatta Kele Sanctuary - Bird Watchig
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Udawatta Kele Sanctuary - Bird Watchig

This sanctuary can be reached from Colombo on the following route.

Colombo – Kegalle- Kandy – take the road which goes up passing the president’s house to reach the entrance.

104 hectares of this forest has been declared as a sanctuary and comes under the purview of the Department of Wild Life Conservation and 119 hectares is protected as a Forest Reserve by the Forest Department. This is a very popular site with the birders in Kandy area. Vehicles are not permitted and ticket has to be obtained to enter the sanctuary. This is a tall, wet evergreen forest. The lake within the sanctuary attracts many species of birds that feed on fish.

Birds to look for

Indian Three-toed Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Brown Fish Owl, Forest eagle Owl, Wood Owl, Common Hill Myna, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Green Leaf & Large-billed Leaf warblers, Layard’s Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Brown-capped Babbler, Crimson-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Layard’s, Alexandrine & Blossom-headed Parakeets, Ceylon Lorikeet, Indian Pitta and many more.

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