24 July 2009

Water Lilies Galore

This picture and a few more here were captured at Anawilundawa (Annaiwilundawa) bird sanctuary. The water surface is completely covered with water lilies and other plants.

I would like to reiterate exact comments made by Gallicissa in one of my earlier posts regarding this area for the interest of all the readers. Thanks Amila for sharing these important facts.

‘This (Annaiwilundawa) is excellent for birding especially during Nov-April when migrants supplement resident birds. It was designated as RAMSAR wetland due to its avi-faunal richness. It is one of the three RAMSAR wetlands in Sri Lanka. The other RAMSAR wetlands are Bundala and Madhu Ganga Sanctuary.

The area is good for butterfly and dragonfly enthusiasts and there are enough interesting things for a keen naturalist to spend a whole day here.’

I would love to go there when the water lilies are in full bloom.


Unseen India Tours said...

This is so beautiful !! I am planning to visit Sri Lanka soon and i am sure i will see all them in person..Thanks for sharing the beauty..Unseen Rajasthan

poefusion said...

I actually had to click on the picture to see the water beneath the lilies. Yes, I think it would be a beautiful sight to see the lilies bloomed out. Have a great evening.

Mark Kreider said...

Beautiful photos... beautiful country! Congratulations on your sixth!!

betchai said...

wow, look at all those water lilies, would love to capture some butterfly and dragonflies.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Looks like a wonderful place. I'd love seeing the birds, the butterflies and of course the water lilies.


Linnea said...

A field of watery water lilies! Yes, it must be spectacular when they are all in bloom. Perhaps you can return at that time?! Thanks for visiting my Skywatch Friday post. I enjoy your comments...

Janith said...

I've heard that water lilies reduce evaporation from these tanks and this must come in handy when it comes to keeping the water intact, especially in the dry zone... :)

nice picture K! :)

Harshi said...

Wow.. it's like a paradise of lilies or more like a plush carpet of lilies. =D Beautiful scenery. Hope you'll getta capture the blooming lilies too. Thanks for sharing the pics and info.

Amila Salgado said...

You reminded me that a visit to that part of Sri Lanka is long overdue. I usually combine it with visits to Chilaw Sandspits (shoreline beyong the fishing village), Palawi Saltpans and Nawadamkulama Tank with a midday break at Putlam Resthouse to replenish lost liquids and enjoying an artery-clogging rice and curry lunch with devilled cuttlefish and prawns.

rainfield61 said...

It must be gorgeous by the time water lilies are in full bloom. There will be flowers, flowers and flowers all over the place.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Unseen Rajasthan,
Great to hear you coming this way. Good to plan it out as there is lot to see. Just drop an email if you need any help.

It is totally covered with water lilies and tis difficult to see any water from the top :) . I hope I could get a chance to go when the whole tank is full of water lilies.

Thanks a lot for your wishes!

There are quite a lot of butterflies and dragonflies there. You will surely like it when the lilies are in full bloom..

I’m sure you will like this place especially the flowers are in full bloom. This place is close to the Sea too.

You are welcome!
A field of watery water lilies – a nice one! :)
I too hope I could get a snap when the whole place is covered with white flowers…

mmm.. If that is correct I’m sure this place will never go dry with all these ’carpet of lilies’ as Harumi mentioned. May be it is true as they act as a direct cover for sunlight.

Plush carpet of lilies – I like that:)
Yes I should go there to capture the white Olus in full bloom.. should be very beautiful.

Chilaw sandspits I have seen but not the other two. I have gone to Chilaw rest house sometime back and had a tasty meal but not being to Puttalam RH. Thanks for sharing some good spots and also the mouthwatering narrative :)

Yes it will be flowers, flowers and flowers all over the place. Pity I could not get a picture with all the flowers..

Thanks all for your wonderful comments!

Sylvia K said...

How delightful! And I would love to see them when they're all in bloom!
Thanks for your lovely comments!
Have a great weekend!

Gadgetgirl said...

I like your shots! So nice!

George said...

I can imagine how beautiful this scene is when all the water lilies are in bloom. And after reading the comment I can see how one could easily spend a day here without any problems.

cherie said...

hi, just hopped overa, and saw this post on lilies. lily is one of my names, and it is one of my favorite flowers. i remeber water lilies in a school pond when i was a little girl. thank you! i hope you don't mind my hopping over once in a while...

Kirigalpoththa said...

You are welcome and Thanks for your comments too. Have a great wkend! :)

Gadget Girl,
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments!

Yes there are lot to offer fora nature lover here. No doubt. Thanks for your comments!

Thanks for dropping by and you are most welcome to come again :)Tks for your comments too..!

Nicole said...

That's amazing!
Would you not have said that that's water underneath, I would have thought it is a field :D
That must be totally awesome to watch mother nature!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Yes it was quite difficult to see the water surface as the water lily cover was very lavish.
tks for your comments!

Searching Soul said...

Your pictures on Sri Lanka are very beautiful. It is one of the countries in Asia I would love to visit one of these days.

You are doing your country a great service - opening it to the world. Keep it up!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks for your very encouraging comments. Hope you could visit Sri Lanka in the near future.
I am very impressed with your blog too!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I have lilies at my home, and they are simply beautiful. Those are not water lilies however.

Slow and Beautiful — Snail

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Bhavesh,
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments! I like your blogs too!