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Bird Watching in Jaffna

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Visiting Jaffna is a memorable experience. In addition to being treated like royalty at the Thinnai Boutique Hotel, there are many sights to see and indulge in during your stay, and among them, birding ranks high.

Sri Lanka is home to many species of birds as it is strategically located on the world map, and therefore, appears attractive to many migrating birds during the western hemisphere’s winter season. It is also noteworthy that the Jaffna Peninsula and the Gulf of Mannar on the northwest coast of the island are abound with birds classified under the Indian Avi-Faunal Zone, rarely seen in other parts of the country.

A Probable reason for such a phenomenon is the wetlands dotting the coastal areas of Jaffna, which attract waders among many other bird species, both migrant and resident.

August to April is the popular birding period in the island, and Jaffna, located 296.5 km from the Capital Colombo, is the ideal setting to do so. Chundikkulam in the peninsula is the preferred location for this leisure activity with this being the only declared wild life sanctuary in the North, and a well-known bird habitat. Many bird enthusiasts travel down the Kayts Causeway linking the mainland to the Karaitivu island, which is flanked by the Jaffna lagoon and the Indian Ocean. In doing so, they are treated to sightings of species such as the Lesser Sand Plovers, Little Stints, Black-tailed Godwits, Mash Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plovers and more; birds that are to be found feeding along the sides of the road.

During the migratory period of August to April, thousands of birds can also be found at the lagoon; among them, Northern Pintails, Eurasian Wigeons, Northern Shovellors, Gargany birds and the Lesser Whistling Ducks, which are drawn by the promise of a hearty meal in the lagoon waters. In addition, one can also witness as a special treat, The Greater Flamingo in all its beauty.

Birding is one of the many delights that tourists to Jaffna enjoy. As a guest of The Thinnai Boutique Hotel, you will be able to secure the best tour packages that allow you to go birding with an experienced naturalist, making the expedition that much better. Talk to the hotel staff about their tailor-made packages that are guaranteed never to disappoint.