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Madu River

Captain's Boat House, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
91 225 7614
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Balapitiya
Type: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Madu River is a wetland, near the Small town "Balapitiya" along the Colombo Galle highway. This is the point where the Estuary of the Madu river. The... more » Owner description: Madu River is a wetland, near the Small town "Balapitiya" along the Colombo Galle highway. This is the point where the Estuary of the Madu river. The river flows through a terrain where it creates a large number of islands, and the eco system creates a beautiful wetland. The hotels around provide boat rids through the canals created at a good cost. And there are loads of places to stay, dine and wine. « less
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Manama, Bahrain
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

On a sunny day, the broad expanse of the river, the greenery, and the small islands , all make for a good two hour outing

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Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Its a beautiful river and has some amazing mangroves around, a boat ride will make you feel relaxed.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

You have lot to see in this river. there are several boat hiring people around the river. you can do boating, fishing. Fish foot massage is famous here

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Dublin Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had an enjoyable boat ride on the Madu river, a young boy had a pet monkey for the children to feed and hold but as soon as another boat arrived the monkey was snatched back!! And yes of course we had paid him!! The Mangoves were lovely and the Cinamon demonstration was very interesting and of course we had... More

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Sydney, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I can only reiterate what other recent reviewers have said - boring and by Sri Lanka standards very expensive for what you see or do. If you still want to go then if you have a group of 8 and can get a good deal where for the money it is worth it to you to cruise around a river... More

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Vilnius
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I only can absolutely agree with the previous reviewer. The differences were that we did not pay directly – it was included in the tour package and that we even were not taken to the temple island! The boat was exceptionally noisy, fuel fumes surrounded us all the time, boat engine had problems with starting all the times and at... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

A lovely 2 hour trip on the river looking for wildlife in the form of birds, lizards and crocs. We visited several small islands on our trip – a fish farm where you can partake in a foot massage by the fish. Totally freaked me out but my husband really enjoyed the experience. We held a baby croc and spent... More

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Hong Kong
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

In my opinion, this Madu River boat tour from Captain's Boat house was nothing short of a scam and a rip off. We saw absolutely nothing of any interest. It was ridiculously expensive, lasted less than an hour and we saw no animals. We entered the covered canopy area of the mangrove (which they show you in the photo in... More

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Its a wonderful experience of backwater and the motor boatride through the mangrooves,recommended 1 hour ride.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

we did the madhu ganga boat ride through Captain's Boat House. Suggestion is to go early morning (8am) best time to spot water monitors and birds. The guide was knowledgeable and quite friendly. He patiently lets you take photos of the birds. We also did Fish Foot Spa at one of the places it was a great experience. They also... More

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