Chalai Lagoon

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Chalai Lagoon
Location Mullaitivu District, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 9°23′N 80°40′E / 9.383°N 80.667°E / 9.383; 80.667Coordinates: 9°23′N 80°40′E / 9.383°N 80.667°E / 9.383; 80.667
Type Lagoon
Primary outflows Indian Ocean
Surface area 14.6 square kilometres (5.6 sq mi)
Surface elevation Sea level
Settlements Chalai

Chalai Lagoon is a lagoon in Mullaitivu District, north-east Sri Lanka. The town of Chalai is located on a sand bar between the lagoon and the Indian Ocean.

The lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers. It is linked to the sea by a narrow channel near Chalai. The lagoon's water is brackish.

The lagoon is surrounded by dense forest, scrubland and some rice paddies. The land is used for fishing and some salt production.

The lagoon has extensive sea grass beds and mangrove swamp. The lagoon attracts a wide variety of water birds including ducks, gulls, terns and other shorebirds.


  • S.W. Kotagama, Leonard Pinto and Jayampathi L. Samarakoon. "Sri Lanka" (PDF). Wetlands International. Retrieved 23 May 2009.