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Visitors to the area should not miss the opportunity to undertake a memorable boat safari on the picturesque Koggala Lake. A mesmerizing array of plant and animal varieties will greet the visitor, creating a magical ambience not to be experienced elsewhere.
Sri Lanka contains no less than 19 varieties of mangroves, and several of these species may be observed along the Koggala Lake. These varieties showing special adaptations may be seen in the island’s estuaries, lagoons and deltas. Alongside the lake visitors will see flora like the sea mango, which features soft wood making it ideal for carving masks, a traditional occupation for local residents. Other attractive water plants to be seen include the sacred lotus (nelumbo nucifera) and the hairy water lily (nymphaea pubescens); both of these varieties are highly prized in local Ayurveda medicine.
As the safari manoeuvres its way through the luxuriant vegetation, the visitor will see an array of interesting fauna which will fascinate the nature lover. Numerous water birds like purple and grey herons, Indian shags, egrets, Indian pied kingfishers and forest birds like majestic white-bellied sea eagles, Brahminy kites, pompadour green pigeons, coucals, spotted doves and parakeets are often spotted in the environs. Creatures like water monitors, purple-faced leaf monkeys and a variety of butterflies may also be seen.
An outstanding accommodation in the locality, the attractive Mosvold Villa by Jetwing, Ahangama is situated 7 km from this attraction. Boat safari excursions leave the hotel at 6:00 am and at 2:30 pm in the afternoon.