Sathurukondan Wetlands and Birds' Sanctuary, Batticaloa

Sathurukondan Wetlands is located around 5 km from Batticaloa city on the Batticaloa-Valaichenai main road and falls within the Batticaloa urban limit adjacent to the lagoon. This site consists of mixed wetland habitats and extends to an area of 75 ha. The wetlands has a well-known reputation for its bird population and includes a number of rare species such as lesser adjutant Leptoptilus javanicus and spot-billed pelican Pelecanus philippensis. The lagoon also contains a small population of broad-snouted crocodile or 'mugger' (Crocodylus palustris) a species also in decline and classed as vulnerable by the World Conservation Department (IUCN). 

The Sathurukondan site is locally noted for the wide variety and large numbers of water and wading birds that flock to the open water thus making it a visual spectacle of visitor interest all the year round.

As per some studies, 52 species of birds are identified at this sanctuary and  Bird’s migration observed mainly during August –September.

So, it is an area with lot of biodiversity. 

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Latitude: 7.73963 Longitude: 81.668764 Elevation: 37 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Nature walk, bird Watching, photography, fishing and research. 

Seasons Accessible

All seasons round the year. However, August to September is the peak season while you would observe smooth migration of birds from later part of February.


No visitor's fee

Accessibility Notes

Sathurukondan Wetlands can be easily accessed as it is located along Batticaloa-Valaichenai main road within the Batticaloa urban limit around 5 km from the central town. It is a highway in good condition and all vehicles are accessible and can be parked along the road side.

Pet Friendly Notes

No restrictions for pets.

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