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With a great bio diversity, Sri Lanka is a paradise for all nature lovers. Some places are exceptionally beautiful and draw hundreds of visitors by enchanting landscapes and serene atmosphere.
The Madu River safari is a relaxing trip with plenty of interesting things to see. You will pass dozens of tiny islands forested with mangroves, and you will view old temples and watch the locals cultivating cinnamon. Madu Ganga is Sri Lanka’s second largest wetland and it consists of 64 islands including two main islands with to 215 families living in them. This wetland spreads over 900 hectares of area and most of it covered with water.
Madu River is located in the south of Sri Lanka. The river is dotted with small islands and the banks are all covered with lush mangrove forests that are home to dozens of incredible animal species. A visitor can spot hundreds of dazzling tropical birds and a few crocodiles depending on the time. Some of these creatures are very rare.
Madu river enters the sea at Balapitiya. The people of its islets produce cinnamon and cinnamon oil. Over the years, Madu Ganga has played an important role in providing food and shelter and providing easy access to the main land via small wooden boats.
Fish therapy was introduced to Madu Ganga several years ago. Now there are several places by this river offer fish therapy. Different types of fish are put in to tanks and visitors can immerse their feet to these tanks and fish starts biting. You will feel ticklish when they nibble your dead skin on the feet. It’s a great experience.
This tour will take around 2.5 to 3 hours and it’s advisable to bring drinking water, Sunglasses, sunscreens and hats as some boats do not have a hood.
The Madu River is located approximately a 1.5 hour drive away from our property, The Villas – Wadduwa, which offers luxury villas in Sri Lanka. Our helpful team at the hotel will assist you in arranging an excursion.