Kokilai Lagoon Sanctuary (කෝකිලායි අභය භූමිය)

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Size 2,995 ha (7,401 acres)
Main attractionsforested wetlands which include mangrove swamps – migratory and local water birds

Kokilai Lagoon lies about 60 kilometres from Trincomalee and 30 kilometres from the Mullativu on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.

Kokkilai Lagoon is partly surrounded by mangrove swamps and seagrass beds. The surrounding area includes cultivated land, scrub and open forests. Numerous varieties of water and water birds are found in the sanctuary including cormorants, ducks, egrets, flamingoes, herons, ibis, pelicans and storks. The sanctuary is a haven for birds migrating along Sri Lanka’s east coast. Elephants are also found in the sanctuary.

The Kokilai Lagoon and the surrounding 2,995 ha (7,401 acres) were declared as sanctuary in 1951. The sanctuary was flourishing until the Tamil Tiger terrorists declared war on the government in the 1980s when the government lost control of the area.

In 2009 the terrorists were defeated and civilian life came back to normal. But in 2010  with the support of the local government bodies, about 1000 ha had been cleared of this sanctuary reducing the size of the sanctuary to 1,995 ha (4,930 acres). It was reported that 2000-3000 weaver bird nests and an uncounted number of 176 migrant and resident bird nesting sites have been unmercifully destroyed.

Drive from Trincomalee to the Kokilai Lagoon will take approximately 1.5 hours. The roads are freshly carpeted and all the damaged brides have been re-constructed. There are very few vehicles travelling on these roads thus driving is relaxing and enjoyable. From Pulmude you need to leave the main Pulmude road and move towards the coast through by roads to reach the fishing village.

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Travel Directions to Kokilai Lagoon Sanctuary

Route from Colombo to Kokilai Lagoon Sanctuary
Through : Nilaveli – Kuchchaveli – Thiriyaya – Pulmude
Distance : 61 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
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