2. Negombo: Muthurajawela Wetland & Dutch Canal Boat Adventure
06.00: Your day begins with a pick-up from your hotel, followed by a visit to the Muthurajawela Wetland Sanctuary. 06.15: Arrive at the Muthurajawela Wetland Sanctuary and immerse yourself in this important biological treasure. With its diverse range of wildlife, the sanctuary is home to various habitats, including marsh, lentic flora, reed swamp, short grassland, shrubland, stream bank vegetation, and mangrove swamp. Here, you'll have the chance to encounter 40 species of fish, 14 species of amphibians, 31 species of reptiles, 102 species of birds, and 22 species of mammals among the vertebrate fauna. Notably, there are 17 endemic and 26 nationally threatened vertebrate species among the overall number of species reported. 06.45: Embark on an enjoyable boat tour through the Muthurajawela Wetland Sanctuary, marveling at the diverse flora and fauna surrounding you. The sanctuary's natural beauty and wildlife will captivate you as you explore this exceptional ecosystem. 09.00: Next, you'll proceed to the Negombo Dutch Canal, where an enchanting lagoon boat journey awaits. 09.30: Experience the breathtaking boat journey along the Hamilton Canal, built by the Dutch and fortified by the British in 1802. As you cruise down the canal, you'll witness local fishermen preparing their nets for the day's sail, and the serene atmosphere and cooling breeze will envelop you. Along the canal's edges, you'll admire houses, churches, and a variety of birds, including cormorants, herons, egrets, and gulls, inhabiting the vast mangrove swamps. 11.00: As the boat journey concludes, you'll be taken back to your hotel, cherishing the memories of this delightful day spent exploring the Muthurajawela Wetland Sanctuary and the Hamilton Canal in Negombo.