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Private Day Tour: Lunuganga Estate Meetiyagoda and Madu River from Kalutara

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    Stop At: Lunuganga, Dedduwa Lake, Bentota 80500 Sri Lanka

    Lunuganga estate is the brainchild of the late architect Geoffrey Bawa (23 July 1919 – 27 May 2003). This country home was his very first muse and his experimental laboratory; while remaining his go-to place for rest and relaxation as his fame increased throughout the years. Designed with the whimsical beauty and eccentric style typical of Bawa; the estate is filled with with a number of art and artifacts from all over Asia and Europe.



    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area, Balapitiya Sri Lanka

    Maduganga. 11/12/03; Southern Province; 915 ha; 06 18'N 080 03'E. A mangrove lagoon joined to the sea by a narrow canal and containing 15 islands of varying size, some of which are inhabited. It is formed of two shallow waterbodies, Maduganga and smaller Randombe Lake, connected by two narrow channels. On the islands and shores relatively undisturbed mangrove vegetation contains a rich biodiversity qualifying the wetland for 7 Criteria of International Importance. Many globally/nationally endangered, endemic and rare species - e.g. Shorea affinis, an endemic and endangered plant, Mugger (Crocodylus palustris) vulnerable (IUCN Red Book) and CITES-listed Purple-faced Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus), endangered, Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Flapshell Turtle (Lissemys punctata), Indian Python (Python molurus) find shelter here. The lagoon provides the breeding, spawning and fattening ground for many fish species and supports 1.2 % of the Little Green Heron biogeographical population. The cultural heritage is very prominent, with numerous ancient temples in the area and on the islands. Maduganga helps in flood control by storing water during monsoon rains and retains nutrient run-off from nearby cinnamon plantations. The major occupation of the local people is fishing and agriculture (cinnamon and coconut). Poaching of wild animals and waterfowl is unfortunately increasing, and extensive use of fertilisers and consequent abundant growth of invasive species, e.g. Najas marinas or Annona glabra, are factors of concern. Part of a Coastal Resources Management Project funded by the Dutch Government - ADB, with a management plan expected in 2006. Ramsar site no. 1372. Most recent RIS information: 2003

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your Hotel in Kalutara
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Your Hotel in Kalutara
    Inclusions
    • Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
    • Service of an English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
    • 1-Boat Safari in Madu River.
    • 1 Liter of Bottled Mineral Water Per Person.
    • Hotel Pick & Drop.
    • All Taxes & Service Charges.
    • Lunch
    • Bottled water
    • Entry/Admission - Lunuganga
    • Entry/Admission - Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area
    Exclusions
    • Entrance where not specified.
    • Food and Beverages.
    • Gratuities
    • Expenses of Personal Nature.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour. Drive time may change due to unpredictable road traffic. Photography stops on the way can be arranged but within locations with reasonable parking areas.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed January 26, 2019

    Timings on the net are all wrong. A strict admission policy prevails guided tours to the property are only at 0930 and 1400 hours. You need to be at the estate gates precisely at these times or else get turned away

    Date of experience: January 2019
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