Hi all, hope you are doing well. Today, let us talk about a hidden beauty in Colombo District, which is very less known about by the locals even. That is Beddagana Wetland Park. It is a nice place to have calm walk and to see diverse wetland plants & animals (birds mostly). You can feel the genuine experience of a wetland here in Beddagana Wetland Park, since the place is remained untouched.
We have talked about another park built on a wetland very recently. That is Diyatha Uyana in Battaramulla. Both the parks are bordered by the same lake, Diyawanna Oya. But they are very much different in nature. Diyatha Uyana is a nice park, constructed on a wetland, to contain a large number of people at once and to facilitate exercisers (so land is filled up mostly), where Beddagana Wetland Park is literally a wetland. There are footpaths and some huts, other than that, it is all a wetland.
The park is situated in ‘Beddagana’ (that is how it gets its name), Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. And it is maintained by the ‘Urban Development Authority’. There is a small entrance fee for both locals and foreigners.
Once you enter from the main entrance, there are two separate sides of the park you can visit. One side is bordered by Diyawanna Lake. There you will witness an extensive diversity of trees and plants. And there are a number of types of birds. On the other side also you will see lots of birds, especially migratory birds. So now I’m going to take you through the park side by side.
Please note that plastic bottles and containers are not allowed in the park. If you have any of them in your possession, you have to keep them at the entrance counter.
This is where you enter into the lake (Diyawanna Oya) side. And below is the first thing you will see once you enter the lake side.
You should definitely follow that, not only in here, but anywhere you visit.
It is said that there are Butterflies in this area, but unfortunately I couldn’t see any. May be it is because I’m not patient enough to observe Butterflies.
From here you will walk above the wetland. A wooden footpath is created for people to walk without disturbing the surround. It is really a nice feeling to walk on this thing. By the sides of the footpath, there are a lot of ducks in this area. That is why it is called Duck Pond. But not only ducks, there are many other types of birds also in this area. Duck pond is the most attractive thing in the Beddagana park.
As I mentioned before also, walking on these footpaths is an awesome experience. You will have to go through a lot trees, plants, vines and bushes, while you are walking above the water. Most parts of the path are shady, so you won’t find it difficult to visit this place even at the noon, unlike Diyatha Uyana and Bellanwila Park.
When you pass the Duck Pond, you enter into the bank of Diyawanna Oya. You can walk along the bank up to a point and you have to come back on the same path. They call it ‘Diyawanna Walk’.
After that you can enter into the ‘Forest Trail’ which is a considerably thick wetland forest. The path is so shady and brings you a unique experience.
At the end of the forest trail, there is another timber deck, which is larger and more beautiful than the first one. They call it ‘Diyawanna Floating Deck’.
Again, you have to come back along the Forest Trail to continue the rest of the journey. Now you can take the other side of Duck Pond.
This large hut is in the middle of the Duck Pond. It adds much beauty to the site. You can observe a large area from the top of it.
When you walk passing this hut, you will come to the starting point again. So now you have covered the lake side. To enter the other side, you have to pass the ticketing counter and walk to the opposite side. The first thing you will meet is a school. Yes, you heard correct, it is an interesting tiny school.
Lots of schools take their students to visit Beddagana Wetland Park regularly. They might be the main target of this little school.
When you walk passing the park school you will find the Migratory Bird Trail. It is basically an open area with a natural water reservoir and marshland in the center. There are a number of types of birds in that water body. Most of them are said to be migratory birds.
If you are patient enough (which I’m not) you will observe lot birds and their behaviors. Bird lovers will find this place very interesting.
You can roam around furthermore on the footpaths of this side of the park. Actually this side is being developed. There are lots of newly planted plants. The lovely flower below was also on a newly planted plant.
I guess now you have an idea of Beddagana Wetland Park now. For more photos with larger file size visit the complete image gallery below.
How to reach…?
I might have convinced you to visit this lovely place. So here is the exact location of the Beddagana Wetland Park.
Visit the official website of the park here for more details.
So that is about Beddagana Wetland Park, a hidden beauty in Colombo District. If you have any questions or need more details please ask me via comments. Hope to see you soon in the next post.