Upaar Lagoon

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Upaar Lagoon
LocationBatticaloa District, Sri Lanka
Coordinates8°07′N 81°24′E / 8.117°N 81.400°E / 8.117; 81.400Coordinates: 8°07′N 81°24′E / 8.117°N 81.400°E / 8.117; 81.400
Primary outflowsIndian Ocean
Surface area25.9 square kilometres (10.0 sq mi)
Max. depth2 metres (6.6 ft)
Surface elevationSea level

Upaar Lagoon is an estuarine lagoon in Batticaloa District, eastern Sri Lanka.

The lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers. It is linked to the sea by a narrow channel to the south.

The lagoon is surrounded by evergreen forest and scrubland. The land is used for subsistence fishing and some rice cultivation.

The lagoon has extensive mangrove swamps and some sea grass beds. The lagoon attracts a wide variety of water birds.


  • S.W. Kotagama, Leonard Pinto and Jayampathi L. Samarakoon. "Sri Lanka" (PDF). Wetlands International. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2009.