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Madu River

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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...more
Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 6 days ago

great trip went early so not to busy on the water and it was calm only problem would be if you have mobility problems as there are no steps to get into the boat or off

Thank tenchmad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The experience was just about hiring a motor boat and going around 2 islands and making the tourists buy stuff or donate to the temple forcefully. There are much better things to do in Sri Lanka.

Thank Anindita B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice walkaround in Madu Ganga (River) which has about 64 small islands. We just had a short session about 2hrs. The boat owner was a nice person. Better if you can go early in the morning to observe some birds. You can have a snack...More

Thank Kasun W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really stunning trip across the huge Matu river. We saw loads of birds and huge bats, monkeys a water monitor lizard and to enjoy the riverscape.

Thank CarmelSthYorkshire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there in the morning 6.30am it was the best really enjoyed lot of birds and the fish farms temple cinnamon island have good time....

Thank Lahiru S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great day with fun guide a great trip to island of cinnamon and saw loads of wildlife on the way A great trip amazing scenery

Thank rob202
Reviewed 30 August 2018

At first, we read some reviews about the cruise being not worth it and got worried but i'm glad we did it! It's the best way to explore and enjoy the Sri Lanka nature and greenery. You might not see wild animals but the nature...More

Thank YvoMako
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

This was a fantastic experience, very beautiful and saw some gorgeous birds. The cinnamon show was a lot of fun, we bought a vial of the oil which they extract. I have used it for headaches and it’s quite useful

Thank Agirl_12
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

The river cruise is beautiful but we got ripped as they charged 100 usd for 3 person. I had the rate list before which was 10 usd/ person. Got cheated I guess Inspite of knowing the price. So avoid going to the cruise organised by...More

Thank Bitopi S
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Was expecting a trip into the mangroves of the Madu River, but ended up on some surreal Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride. Any wildlife that once inhabited this region has long since departed due to the huge number of old fiberglass boats that buzz...More

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4 September 2018|
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Response from Mammut80 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Aisra Not sure of the exact name, but all the boat trips are clones of one another. I personally would not take a one year old as the boats are very old and shabby. Not exactly sea worthy vessels. Safety equipment is... More
Sultan A
28 July 2018|
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Response from SACHINK24 | Reviewed this property |
I got to know from some locals that boating on Bentota river is much better as you get to see crocodiles. The driver will normally take you to MADU river where he will get a higher commission The driver will tell you that at... More
Rajalakshmi K
1 March 2018|
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Response from IGoLankaTours | Reviewed this property |
It’s depends on how long your traveling and which boat you choose.