“Muthurajawela” which is named in Sinhalese to mean the “Swamp of Royal Treasure” gives just the majestic impression of this large marsh land where it is believed as a place where a few ancient kings hid their treasure. This wonderful piece of nature can be located towards the southern section of Negombo, closer to Colombo. Bordered by the Negombo lagoon and the Kelaniya River, the marshland spreads upon an area of 14,826 acres and it provides shelter to nearly 190 species of wildlife.
Muthurajawela is well known as Sri Lanka’s largest saline peat bog and it is believed to have existed for nearly 7000 thousand years by now. The popular types of plant life that can be seen at Muthurajawela include varieties of fauna & flora. It is a good place to spot birds such as Herons and Egrets as well as a colossal diversity of fish. Slender Loris, an endangered species of nocturnal animal can also be seen around the marsh area very rarely.
Declared as a sanctuary since 1996, Muthurajawela marsh is another great piece of nature gifted to Sri Lanka with such vast bio diversity. You can visit the marsh accompanied by a well trained guide provided by the Muthurajawela marsh centre which is responsible for protecting and preserving the marshland. They alert the community about the value of the bio diversity that Muthurajawela holds. Visitors can enjoy both walks and boat rides within this area.