Koggala Lake

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Koggala Lake
3.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Koggala Lake is one of the biggest natural lakes in Sri Lanka. A number of islands are scattered in the lake among which the Temple Island, Modol Doova, Bird Island and the Cinnamon island are the most famous. The lake is rich in birdlife and mangroves and is a major attraction for tourists.
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nir0sh
Colombo, Sri Lanka920 contributions
This is one of the largest lakes in Southern Sri Lanka. Number of islands are scattered in the lake among which Madol Duwa and Thalathu Duwa are famous. The lake is rich in birdlife and mangroves and is a major tourist attraction for tourists.
My visit to Koggala started from Koggala Lake. Mr. Nishantha who works at our staff is from Habaraduwa. He has pre-arranged the visit to Koggala Lake with one of his friends. Early morning we have reached Habaraduwa town and followed our way to Mahinda Ayya’s boat port. Mahinda Ayya was the person who accompanied us in Koggala Lake.
There are 9/10 islands situated at Koggala Lake: Thalathu Duwa (තලාතු දූව) and Madol Duwa are famous out of all. Kosduwa Island had four houses but no inhabitants now. Number of hotels and Koggala Air force camp surround the lake. We have landed at Madol Duwa and Thalathu Duwa during our two hours boat trip. Thalathu Duwa is connected to mainland by a bridge. It was Rs 2500 for this whole boat trip but I knew it is a discounted price.
Written August 10, 2021
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CLIFF P
Brighton, UK45 contributions
Had two trips out onto Koggala Lake recently, one via a local boat owning family and one via Kola Cafe. Lake is very peaceful and Temple Island well worth a visit. We left out Cinnamon Island and fish foot massage. We saw monkeys and fruit bats, but surprisingly few birds, compared to other similar places we've visited over the years. When arranging a price, be clear as to how long you want to go for and where you want to visit, as this will prevent confusion. Best times of day - morning from around 0900 and late afternoon.
Written February 2, 2022
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Saggital
Brisbane, Australia518 contributions
There is heaps of wildlife in and around this lake. 3 hours should be enough to to see most of it. There are heaps of boats offering tours and most are pretty reasonably priced but there is a big difference between cost of the straight tour and one that includes a BBQ. Check them out and compare before choosing.
There are a few businesses on the shores of the lake and the tour guide will take you to these if requested. Anything you buy there will extra and even if you just have a look around these places, they expect a tip for showing you around.
Trap for pre bookers - we pre booked and paid for our tour before we left. It was supposed to be for a 3 hour tour - our tour guide arrived 20 minutes late and went back to the dock an hour early. We got 1.5 hours for the 3 hours we prepaid. Put this on your list and book and pay when you go. There are heaps of operators to choose from.
Written May 27, 2018
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David
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Family
Our tuktuk driver brought us to this lake. At the boat company we saw nice pictures of the wildlife: various bird species, crocodiles, monkeys, varanes, ... Also a trip to cinnamon island and fish foot eating/massage was on the list.
What we got was 1 monkey in a tree right after departure, no other wildlife, a long and slow ride in the lake with nothing to see. And when the wind was behind us we also could smell the fumes from the engine. The cinamon island experience was just about sniffing at some crushed leaves and being invited for the tea at the home of some people living there, the fish foot massage was not included in the price.
Apparently it was a chance in a hundred you will see a crocodile here as there are only 3 or 4. And for special birds you might have had a chance if you would come very early in the morning.
So we felt cheated: our expectations were not managed at all, the boat guide was just reacting positively on our enthousiasm. If we would have been informed that we didn´t have a serious chance of seeing wildlife and what the cinnamon island experience was about, we would not have taken this boat trip. And possibly have given a 3 or 4 dot reaction because of their honesty. In stead we like to give this the lowest score as an advice to others.
Written April 15, 2022
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girlscouse60
Chipping Ongar, UK120 contributions
Couples
Totally disagree with all negative reviews. Arrived by tuk tuk and negotiated a cheap price for the boat. Within a few minutes we saw loads of black monkeys, we saw two crocodiles, two huge water lizards, loads of birds. On the way back our guide spotted monkeys, he slowly got the boat to the trees and we were so fortunate to be able to feed them bananas which they took from our hands. The mother was watching which was a bit scary but all part of the experience. Cinnamon Island was really interesting, the man has lived there all of his life making small amounts of money from cinnamon. No pressure at all to buy anything. The fish spa was brilliant and such a great experience. Yes we were fortunate to see what we did but I would not be put off by negative reviews. For info we got the boat around 11am and we saw loads.
Written April 18, 2022
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Calabronazzo
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine38 contributions
Couples
Although the lake is beautiful to see, the less than two hour boat trip is extremely expensive and not worth the price asked for. The guy at the reception is absolutely bandit that should be denounced to the government. He makes up prices according to his liking. A scam is also the price asked for the so called “medicines.”
I will try to inform the relevant authorities to stop this. The only interesting thing was the fish spa for 500 LKR per person.
Written January 16, 2020
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Tauri06
127 contributions
Couples
We went to visit the turtle hatchery & the handunugoda tea estate some. On the way our tuk tuk driver kept insisting he will take us to a herbal/spice garden were we can buy herbal products. We declined saying we were in a hurry. After many attempts he eventually told us he will take us to Kogalla lake just to view the scenery as it is on the way. After his insisting we agreed.
We didnt realise the herbal garden scam is next to koggala lake. The guy from the herbal garden rushed over & took us for a tour of some plants with products next to them & told us what health benefits the plant offers. A boy came running over with tea, no milk or sugar, just with some cinnamon bark in it that they called it spice tea & u have to drink it. At the end of it they insist on giving u a massage saying it is cheaper than the hotel spa prices & they are having a special price promo just for that day. We managed to refuse the massage. They then take u to this little shop with so called herbal creams & oils that are extremely highly priced & insist u buy something & they will make a special price. We bought the cheapest thing just to get out of there, a bottle of vanilla extract for 1000 rupees. Came home to discover the vanilla was fake.
They really try to sell you their fake hair removal cream made from onions which is just normal hair removal cream mixed with stuff. They even did a demonstration on my husbands leg to remove the hair. When we exited our tuk tuk driver went into the shop & walked out with his commission hidden behind a postcard, which he kept in his tuk tuk.
Our driver also insisted on stopping along the way for us to see the stick fishermen. When we stopped, a fisherman came over to us & said no photos allowed unless we pay him 1000 rupees per each photo that we take with our cameras. Our driver had a rastafarian themed tuk tuk & charged us an excessive amount to drive us around, his name was Kosala & he is a Sri Lankan man with rastafarian dreadlocks on his hair.
Written April 2, 2017
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Chris C
12 contributions
Solo
Avoid this. It’s a waste of time and money. The boat drivers wanted 4000 rupees to take me around the lake. I said I’d wait to see if others came along to split the cost. They got aggressive and told me they didn’t want me trying to join in with other groups. No one else came by in a short amount of time. They settled on 2500 rupees to take me to cinnamon island where I was pressured to buy overpriced cinnamon.
Rude dishonest people. Worthless tourist trap. Don’t waste your money here.
Written November 3, 2018
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happyyfamilyy
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Couples
This place is a huge rip off. From the moment we arrived they wanted to charge us 3000 each for the boat ride. When we refused the price dropped to 2000, and then when we still refused he was willing to negotiate. There are better places for you to spend your money.
Written January 9, 2019
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PeterRW
12 contributions
Couples
Our tuk tuk driver took us here as we were keen to learn a bit more about cinnamon farming. The lake trip was expensive (3000 rupees each) and was promised to be 1 hour (ended up taking 2 hours) and then at each island they wanted to charge us more. We were taken to 'fish feeling' which is where you put your feet in amongst small feeding fish. It was only after finishing the guy wanted another 1200 rupees each. We had been lead to believe all the 'experiences' on the tour was inclusive. They weren't happy and then on the cinnamon island we weren't made very welcome and made to wait about 30 minutes for a boat. We missed out on the temple island as we needed to get back. So overall, the lake is beautiful but these guys need to learn that deception is not a long-term business model for a tourist operator. It is a nice lake, if you want to see it...negotiate hard on the boat price as nothing else is included. The products they sell in the herb farm are also overpriced.
Written January 8, 2019
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