Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary

Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary

One of Myanmar’s ASEAN heritage sites. Located at Bokalay Township, Ayeyarwaddy Division, most south part of Ayeyarwaddy delta area. It is located at very near open sea. It is surrounded the Bokalay river in the east and Kandonkani river in the west.

There are a lot of small stream in the Sanctuary, soil type is tidal mud and silt. Myauk Taya pagoda is only one famous pagoda for the region and which is located in the Sanctuary.

What to see in the Sanctuary

The ecosystem of mangrove forest and related others trees, herbs and shrubs.

There are recorded. 40. Species of Mangrove trees.

53 Medicinal plants.

11 Species of Orchid flowers.

18 Mammals, including Ayeyarwaddy dolphin.

117 Birds species.

59 Fishes species.

12 Shrimps species.

10 Crabs species.

35 Butterflies species and

26 Species of snakes.

Huge Mangrove forest
Huge Mangrove forest

The mangrove forest in Sanctuary

The main conservation of the Sanctuary is to conserve the salt water Crocodile (crocodylus porosus) and its habitats. We can see four species of Crocodiles in the area in the last time. But now only one species left in the Sanctuary. That one is the above motioned species.

Meinmahla is mean the beautiful lady Kyun is the island. That wills the shape of island of the Sanctuary.

How to reach

By public bus

Cross the Yangon River by ferry to Dala Town from Nanthidar jetty. Then chase the public bus at Dala side. Then will drive up to Bokalay about 3 hrs. You will pass the Dala township,Twante township, Khawk Hmu Township, Kwan Chan Gone Township, Daydayee Township and Phya Pon township to reach to Bokalay. If you hire the car, you can drive from Yangon to Twante via Hlaing Thayar, Twante bridge connection.

The Wild Crocodile in the Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wild Crocodile in the Sanctuary

By Boat

You can use the express boat from Yangon to Bokalay started from Phonekyi Lan jetty. Then you can buy the boat ticket at Shwe Pyi Tan boat counter. Normally they leave from Yangon about 06:00 hrs in the morning. You will arrive to Bokalay in the afternoon, you need to go and report to Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary office , for the arrangement to go to protected area. The office is close to boat jetty of Bokalay. The staff will escort to you with the arrangement of hire the boat, the meals for the trip and accommodation to go to the Sanctuary by the help of the Sanctuary staffs.

For your overnight stop at Sanctuary are you can use the FREDA guest house or the Sanctuary camp? Also You can visit the KADONKANI fishing village and KADONKALAY village to see the sea turtles research camp during your trip.

The Map of Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary
The Map of Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary