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Address: Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
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Madu River is a wetland, near the Small town "Balapitiya" along...

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.

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Mangrove trees and monkeys

Actually we saw only one monkey and it belongs to somebody, but cute anyhow. Our boat driver was the coolest one on that day driving his boat more fasten than the others. We also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Heidi R
Southern Finland, Finland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is protected under RAMSAR Wet land conservation.Many varieties of mangrove trees can be seen here including a huge bio diversity. You can have a boat ride through mangrove trees and a fish therapy for your feet. There are so many little islands in this river.

Thank Pasan M
Southern Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Actually we saw only one monkey and it belongs to somebody, but cute anyhow. Our boat driver was the coolest one on that day driving his boat more fasten than the others. We also visited in a fish farm, where the fishes "eats" our foot.... Also the cinnamon bay was a nice place to visit. Though it was a tourist... More 

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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience. Two hours worth every second. See the traditional Shrimp farming techniques used by the locals, Learn the ways of local Cinnamon Farmers, Take a turn in floating fish spas, Learn about the local community at the Temple Island, "Koth Doova" And most importantly, Have a relaxing break into the nature.

Biyagama, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

fish spa and the boat ride in hidden mangroves is one of the best feelings ever had!!! A must feel! There are enough and more places that provide boat rides. The famous one is Captain;s boat house but we found out that to be a bit expensive... If you put a walk along the area you can find some competitive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had visited to Madu river in our last leg of our Sri Lankan tour but it was the best way to conclude our Sri Lankan tour. The back waters is very beautiful. You can sight variety of birds and also monkey are there for you entertainment. One can also visit fish therapy centre feed the fishes and get a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perhaps we expected something similar to the backwaters of Kerala and our expectations were a little too high but we found our boat trip around Madu River to be just ok (maybe a 3.5 stars). It's pleasant enough to travel up and down a part of the river but, apart from a few birds (they certainly were not abundant), we... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good trip visited spice island temple there is also a fish farm saw monkeys and birds went trough the mangrove tunnel a a very enjoyable trip

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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe I just expect a lot and get disappointed. I would say its very average. The only awesome part is the 5 to 10 mins of going thru a mangrove. The cinamon island or the fish massage is average and could be done anywhere else. I cant say its overpriced. In the western world we would not get anything for... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful riverboat cruise down the river , abundant bird life, cinnamon spice demonstrations, visits to an ancient temple etc etc

Thank Rodtheway2pay
Lahti, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The calm waters, the mangrove bushes, the shrimp fishers, the fish treatment places and the big Maduganga lake itself was a memorable experience. The munk at the Kotdoowa Rajamaha Viharaya temple demanded a donation in exchange of a short prayer and a piece of thread tied round your wrist!

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