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Bird Watching in Jaffna.

Bird watching in Jaffna will give you a memorable experience. As Sri Lanka is located in the tropical region you have good opportunity to observe beautiful birds and butterflies. In the Jaffna district you don't have large forests or rain forests. This district have small forests like bush land, mangroves, marsh lands and beaches where lot of immigrating birds like flamingos, Russian ducks, seagull used to visit here. While you are touring the Jaffna district there are great opportunity for you to view local and migratory birds in the Jaffna region. These migratory birds used to stay here from the months of August to April around the isolated areas which are very suitable for photography, sound recording and video photography. You don't have camera accessories shops like in Colombo although you can find memory cards, batteries and other similar objects in the local market. There are good studios available if you want to make printouts. These studios offer one hour print service along with matt or gloss print paper selection.

There are lot of local birds in Jaffna such as Honey Bird, Kuyil, sparrow, Eagle, wood pecker, and many more. Most of them used to visit in the morning while some varieties used to visit in the evenings only.

Local people are very helpful to guide you to find birds like owl and falcons where they used to nest and rest. Morning is the best time to go for bird watching rather than the evenings as they may be little noisy. Popular areas for to watch migratory birds are Naranthanai, Karainagar, Thondamanaru, VallaiVeli, Sarasalai, Mandaitivu and Delft Island.

Mean while if you are serious bird watcher then don't miss Chundikulam sanctuary which is 65 KM from Jaffna and there is a good place for you to rest called as Nature Park Holiday Resort. The place is run and maintained by the Sri Lanka army. This place is good for to watch both salt water and fresh water birds. Earlier this place was a salt water area and now it is becoming as a fresh water area as the sea is blocked recently. Madu and Mannar too are good places in the Jaffna district to watch local and migratory specially Indian ones during the season. Keep your cameras and recorders fully loaded as there is lot of birds waiting for you attention to capture as images and to record their sweet voices.

Now traveling to Jaffna is not a difficult task as you can travel in A/C train from Colombo to Jaffna in 6 hours of time with the morning Express Train. Also there are lot of Luxury busses too are plying between Colombo and Jaffna town. Most of them operate in the night time only.We wish you a good bird watching trip in Jaffna district.

Bird watching in Jaffna

Jaffna Birds Video.
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