Talangama, also spelt Thalangama, is a lake in the vicinity of Colombo, only 2 km east of the New Parliament Building. Talangama wetland is a nature reserve with lot of beautiful flora and fauna. Paddling boats can take you into a labyrinth of mangroves. The lake is used by locals for bathing in the evening. Talangama is a lovely green and quiet area and offers the best birdwatching opportunity in the urban agglomerate of Colombo, as the wetland is an ideal habitat for wading birds.
As usal, the best months for birdwatchers are between November and April, when migratory birds are wintering in Sri Lanka, and recommded observation times are the early morning and the two hours before sunset. You will easily be able to spot two dozen bird species at Talangama wetlands. Egrets, Ibisses, Cormorants, Lapwings, Orioles and Indian Koels are numerous. With a little luck, you will also spot the most beautiful ones, namely Kingfishers and Asian Paradise Flycatchers (Terpsiphone paradisi) and Lesser Yellownapes (Picus chlorolophus), a typical jungle species of woodpeckers. Male Purple Sunbirds (Cinnyris asiaticus) and maybe even the similar endemic Loten’s Sunbirds (Cinnyris lotenius) are strikingly gleaming blue birds to be seen in this area. There are concrete bridges across a small canal where you can stay to have a good view when taking your photos.
Talangama Villa is an Jetwing Eco Hotel close to the lake. It’s a tranquil location, a real alternative for those who plan to spend some days in Colombo but like to avoid city’s crowds and noisiness when relaxing in the evening. The Talnagma Villas also has garden with seats just to relax.
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