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Address: Captain's Boat House, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 91 2 257614

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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Good place for Boating n Fish massage

Fish massage is very good and it's very cheap. Just you have to pay Rs. 200 LKR for the fish massage

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
AnandKumar G
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the river as part of the trip. There are many islands to check out but the most impressive was the cinnamon island and the lovely man who lives there showed us how he makes cinnamon and oil, he explained how to use the oil and was just super nice. I particularly liked the mangroves and the Buddha temple... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Fish massage is very good and it's very cheap. Just you have to pay Rs. 200 LKR for the fish massage

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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I should imagine most hotel visitors to Ahungalla have no idea what is just up the road. We took an early morning, 7am boat so we were first on the river. 22 islands on a river/lake community. Cinnamon island very educational. Saw so many kingfishers and huge water monitor lizards. Loved it

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Dehradun, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An experience you will truly enjoy. The fish attraction is a ripoff. The cinnamon production area is interesting.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a 1 & 1/2 hours boat ride (Rs. 2000/2500 for locals) around the river. You will be able to see so many tiny islands covered with mangrove. There are arches made by mangrove too. There is an ancient temple on one island (Koth Doowa) and there are tame giant squirrels. Then the most important thing is "Fish therapy",... More 

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Immingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip is great fun! Lovely and relaxing trip with plenty to visit. We got to visit the cinnamon island where people live and they make cinnamon, we got to have a fish massage, we got to visit a temple and a priest who gave us both a blessing and we got to power the boat. There was loads to... More 

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Ramallah, Palestinian Territories
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it is on the main road between bentota and hikkaduwa you pay around 5000 rupees for 2 hours trip in water..very clean and fantastic place

Thank fareedt99
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a madu river in galle,down south,sri lanka. We ara traval two hour at madu river bout tour & can you try also fish therapy ar madu river.our culture at kothduwa rajamaha viharaya can you see or near wonderful full beach if u like to traval down south sri lanka can join with us Thank you..

Thank Lakmal A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great boat safari, so many small islands with mangrove forest. the habitat is well preserved by people.

Thank Kaushik B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did this as part of our organised day trip so everything was sorted out in advance for us. We had a boat just for the 4 of us and our guide, our first encounter was with a young lad in a canoe with a baby monkey who came and put it in our laps! He obviously expected a tip... More 

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