Mundal Lagoon

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Mundal Lagoon
මුන්දලම කලපුව
Location Puttalam District, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 7°47′N 79°49′E / 7.783°N 79.817°E / 7.783; 79.817Coordinates: 7°47′N 79°49′E / 7.783°N 79.817°E / 7.783; 79.817
Type Lagoon
Primary outflows Indian Ocean
Surface area 33.61 square kilometres (12.98 sq mi)
Max. depth 3 metres (9.8 ft)
Surface elevation Sea level
Settlements Mundal

Mundal Lagoon (Sinhalese: මුන්දලම කලපුව,Tamil: முந்தல், Muntal) is a lagoon in Puttalam District, western Sri Lanka. The lagoon is sometimes referred to as Mundal Lake.

The lagoon is linked to Puttalam Lagoon to the north by a channel. The lagoon's water is brackish.

The lagoon is surrounded by a region containing rice paddies, coconut plantations and scrubland. The land is used for prawn fishing and rice cultivation.

The lagoon has mangrove swamps, salt marshes and sea grasses. The lagoon attracts a wide variety of water birds including herons, egrets, terns and other shorebirds.


  • S.W. Kotagama, Leonard Pinto and Jayampathi L. Samarakoon. "Sri Lanka" (PDF). Wetlands International. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  • "Munthal (Mundalama)". TamilNet. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009.