We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Captain's Boat House, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 91 225 7614
Website
Improve this listing
Description: Madu River is a wetland, near the Small town "Balapitiya" along the...
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 130 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Lovely boat ride with lots to explore - recommneded visit if you are exploring the south west of SL

Lovely boat ride with the family and friends. We hired a boat that could carry 12 and kids loved it. Few stops to explore the small islands with their crafts . Captains boat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Dee L
Add Photo Write a Review

130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Bahrain
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the beautiful river cruise with all the activities. It was very enjoyable!!! We loved it!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A river cruise is a must! Highly recommend. Very scenic and the fish spa adds thrills to the cruise.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Lovely boat ride with the family and friends. We hired a boat that could carry 12 and kids loved it. Few stops to explore the small islands with their crafts . Captains boat house is a good, reputable base with few added benfefits of a restaurent, small museum etc with friendly staff. The boating is quite commercialised, therefore somewhat lacking... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Stop by Madu River restaurant for Lunch and have the Jambo grilled prawns after your boat ride. Amazing Passion Juice with it

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Madu river is situated near the main street.we took a boat to visit into the river area.when we go to few meters we can see the fish massage and many beautiful sciences.we can feel the nature with cheap rates.the management of Madu river who are very related and fondness.I love their capability and ability.I even try to go once again.one... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bergen, Norway
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We did a river cruise and passed different point along the route. The buddhist temple, the cinnamon island, fish spa, etc. And we also drive through different mangroves cave, the boat driver claimed that the caves was natural. But they looked to be perfect cut to the boat size, so I guess they are made for the tourism. The cruise... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I came as part of a volunteer group to Sri Lanka and this tour was a lovely way to get adapted to the surroundings and sites of such a different place to what I was used to.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We went to captains deck with my wife and bunch of friends and had a nice experience.On the way we go to fish therapy which located in the river.On the way you can see plenty of island surrounded by "kadolana" plants.Then we had a lunch at capteins deck was delicious.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Farnborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We really enjoyed our trip around Madu River and visiting Cinnamon Island and seeing the cinnamon process, visiting a small buddhist temple on one of the inhabited islands. Amazing wildlife all round - better when natural as opposed to tourist 'planned' viewings. Great and friendly guide - who jumped into the river to retrieve my sunglasses when they fell off... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Beautiful and one of a kind. For those nature lovers you will definitely enjoy this boat ride. We were lucky enough to see a big iguana swimming by the river and a big black moneky on a tree. The good part was the cinnamon garden and the fish foot massage. You get to pet a crocodile as well so it's... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Madu River also viewed

Kosgoda, Southern Province
Balapitiya, Southern Province
 
Balapitiya, Southern Province
Bentota, Southern Province
 

Been to Madu River? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Madu River and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Mumbai (Bombay), India
9 days ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Madu River staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?