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“Disappointing”
Review of Madu River

Madu River
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Owner description: 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.
Perth
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

If you like tearing around in a noisy boat ripping up rupees then this will suit you. No wildlife (you may be lucky to spot something moving, such as a bird or water monitor but the boat driver will steer away in a hurry) and extra donations and costs at every stop. Don't bother, an expensive waste of time and money.

Visited August 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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“A river safari in Sri Lanka”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

The Madu River is a shallow water body in Southwest Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya. In a very simple boat we had the opportunity to explore the river, with its beautiful mangrove tunnels and rainforest covered margins. At the Madaduwa Cinnamon Island, local experts will tell you the secrets of collecting and producing cinnamon, an insight into typical rural life in Sri Lanka. At a fish farm, tiny red tilapias will massage your feet with little bites. At the same time, iguanas, monkeys and bats will be around, almost touchable, if you dare to do so ... In another island, you'll visit the Koth Doowa Temple, a 400 years old Buddhist temple, with nice buildings and a resident monk explaining its history and the efforts made into its renovation. Don't miss the Madu river safari, it is for sure a lot of fun, specially for kids. Enjoy.

Visited February 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Amazing River experience”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

The foliage around the river is breath taking and the cleanliness of the river except for a few areas is clean and hygenic. The railway track by the side of the river (visible from a few spots on the river) thrilled the children

Visited March 2013
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“Boat Cruise on Madu River Wetland”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

We were on a 9 day discovery trip in Sri Lanka, visiting places like Dambulla Rock Temple, Polonnaruwa Ruins, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Kandy, Mackwoods Tea Plantation, Safari at Yala National Park, Galle Fort and Colombo. Our boat cruise on Madu River Wetland (Madu Ganga Ramsar Wetland) was not in the itinerary but was recommended by our driver Mr Mervyn Michael. He called it Blue Lagoon Safari. It turned out to be very interesting and the price was reasonable. The boat had a canopy which was raised when the sun was hot and was lowered when we had to pass low bridges or when going through mangrove tunnels.

The Google map shows only the river but the Google satellite view shows a large lake. We started from Gangabada Asiriya Boat House. We went under low bridges, past prawn traps, went through 3 mangrove tunnels and visited Kotdoowa Rajamaha Viharaya Temple, Cinnamon Island & a fish farm.

At the temple, we saw very large squirrels. At Cinnamon Island, we witnessed how cinnamon bark was removed from the stem, how a simple rope was made by hand from coconut husk and how coconut leaves were weaved into a roofing sheet.

At the fish farm we saw tourists shouting with delight at red tilapia fish nibbling at their toes. During the trip, we saw monitor lizards, large squirrels, birds and fruit bats. The whole boat trip took 2½ hours and cost 2300 Sri Lankan rupees per person plus tips.

After the boat trip, we had lunch at Gangabada Asiriya Boat House. We had very good prawns & crab, served with potato chips. Nice views and very relaxing.

Visited January 2013
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“Rip off boat ride...”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We just returned after stay in srilanka, we really enjoyed the safari through the wetland and mangroves island , the scenery was beautifully.... But it's a planned rip off by the boat driver first stop at the cinnonom island where you are forced to buy oil, cinnamon powder etc for Rs 500 where as in the local super market it's only 125 so beware tourist , also a small lad with a baby monkey pops up during the trip where he demands Rs 200 for a minute photo shoot.. And the the fish farm for a massage and the to the temple where again a donation is must, so guys leave your wallet back in the car when you take this safari , and moreover the do not have a fixed cost displayed , so bargain ...

Visited February 2013
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