A short distance southeast of Colombo city centre are the Talangama Wetlands, made up of ponds, canals and paddy field. Home to over 100 species of bird, this diverse area of wetland offers some exciting birding opportunities. Among the permanent residents are water birds such as the purple swamphen, egrets, herons, water jacanas and kingfishers; and forest birds can also be seen year- round. During the migrant season from November to April waders such as the common sandpiper, redshanks, greenshanks and plovers use this wetland as a stopover on their journey to the South Coast. Apart from birds, numerous species of butterflies and dragonflies can also be seen here, as well as some small mammals, such as he endemic purple-faced leaf monkey.
An urban oasis, the wetlands are bordered by motorable roads and are easily accessible.