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“Getting back to nature”

Mangrove Cave River Safari
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Ahungalla
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Our tour guide suggested this boat tour of a wide river with many islands linked by bridges. The tour cost USD25.00 each. We were given a cold towel prior to the tour, and then a cool drink. We climbed into the boat, ducking each time we went under a bridge. Most of the bridges can only accommodate bicycles and tuk tuks. We wended our way among the mangroves, seeing the occasional monkey or bird, and sometimes a water monitor. We visited an island which specialises in cinnamon and one of the villagers showed us how the commercial cinnamon stick is prepared. He also gave us a demonstration of thatching using a palm leaf. Another stop was at a fish farm. We walked along planks to view several bays where the different types of fish are bred. I was invited to sit down at one bay to dangle my legs in the water for the fish to nibble. It was a strange sensation. Bravely we wrestled a live crocodile – well it was only 2 feet long. The boat tour took us out near the mouth of the river before returning. The tour lasted about 1½ hours.
This tour was not on our itinerary but we really enjoyed the unique experiences.

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Reviewed April 13, 2012

We stopped off here on the drive from Unawatuna to Negombo, so it was a nice place to take a break from the crazy Sri Lankan roads! I had emailled in advance to check as to whether we needed to book (you don't, just turn up), find out opening times (can't remember!), and the price (we paid about £20 for 2 people). They responded quickly and even offered to pick us up from Unawatuna which is good, although we didn't need this service. On arrival they quoted a different price so once discussed with the manager and after showing the email they had sent earlier that week, he agreed to the original price. Our boat driver was great, really friendly and took some photos of us both on the boat, and even offered for us to drive the boat for a while! He was also fantastic at spotting lots of wildlife (eagles, crocs, water monitors etc) and explained lots of different things. He took us round the different islands and we got off at a few places e.g. cinnemon island, temple island and fish farm. The thing which was disappointing was that at each of these places were were expected to pay a fee, buy something or make a donation, which we weren't prepared for. The most disapponting thing was temple island whereby you get shown around the monk's living areas etc and then are given a donation book to wrtie your name, where you are from and the amount you wish to donate. I had a quick look at the amount other people had donated and it seemed to be a lot of money (some were as much as £70/£80!), but then on closer inspection it looked as though they had added a few 0's after people had left (maybe I'm just cynical!), so if some had donated 400 rupees, there would be another 0 on the end in slightly different hand writing! Whilst I admire this ingenuity I felt it was not particularly moral or honest, not what you expect of a buddhist temple. So my advise is definately go, it was a great trip, but be aware that there is more money required than just the entrance fee, and as with anywhere in Sri Lanka, use common sense when giving tips/donations!

5  Thank Lorrainemarley
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

High saefty with saefty west even for the small ones. The trip started with a cool drink in the shadow while waiting for the boat to fuel up.

The guide was good in english and showed us a lot of animals like big leguans, birds, monkeys. We stoped at the Cinneamon island and had a authentic demonstraion of how they are making the cinneamon. My six year old son was very curios and they let him touch and be part of the demonstration.

We also stoped at some floating growing fish stand in the middle of the river. There we could look at the different fishes more thorougly and also have a natural Fish Spa by sticking our feets down in the water and let the small fishes eat our dead skin. This was creating a lot of fun because of the fishes tickeling our feet

The stand also tried to perseve the crocodiles and we could have one baby crocodile in our hands.

Finally we stoped at a floating coconutstore for a cool and fresh coconut drink.

I give this boat trip my highest recomendation since we all in the family liked it very much.

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