Thalangama Lake – Thalangama, Colombo ~
A few kilometres away from the bustling city, lies a lake, rippling around a sanctuary of peace. Thalangama Lake is a quick escape to nature and one of the best places for bird-watching. The lush green paddy fields and marshes surrounding it, make for a favourable ecosystem for diverse species of flora and fauna. A walk in the wetland around this lake, early in the morning or in the evening could turn out to be one of the most peaceful times you could have by yourself. If you’re a birder or a photographer, you’ll be happy to spot kingfishers, purple-faced leaf monkeys, purple swamp hens, cormorants, sunbirds, lapwings, pelicans and a few water buffaloes being pecked by these birds. While there is enough activity here, it’s the kind that cancels all the chaos that urban life brings into our lives.