Beddagana Wetand Park in Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte is one of the newest attractions close to Colombo which was opened in 2016 close to Colombo. The park covers 18 hectares of wetland surrounding Diyawanna Oya lake which is part of the much larger Diyawanna Oya flood plains Wildlife Sanctuary declared by the Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1985. The park was created as a recreation facility that helps with flood control, provides a refuge for flora and fauna and to moderate the temperature of the immediate surrounds.
The park is home to many endemic birds and other faunal species such as butterflies, dragonflies, and mammals native to Sri Lanka and Asian Wetlands. Variety of floral species common to an inland wetland comprising of endemic and threatened categories create niches of the habitat. The park is a popular stopover of the variety of migrant birds during its season from August to April each year.
The park has two trails. One trail borders the Diyawanna Oya lake and most of the trail is on a raised platform with wooden planks laid across. A butterfly path and a Duck Pond can be found on this path. It ends on a timber deck facing Diyawanna Oya.
The second path is a forest trail which goes through a wetland forest. The path is through a shaded forest patch and you can have good view of the migratory birds on the migratory bird path on this trail.
The park is open from 6.30 AM to 5.30PM all seven days. Adults are charged LKR 100 and kids above 6, LKR 50. Foreigners are charged LKR 1000 and 500 for kids above 6 as at December 2018. The latest charges can be seen in the official web site (given below)
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Map of the Beddagana Wetland Park
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Traveling to Beddagana Wetland Park
|Route From Colombo Beddagana Wetland Park|
|Through : Rajagiriya|
Distance : 10 km
Travel time : 30-45 minutes
Driving Directions : see on google maps