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Address: Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
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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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Mangrove trees and monkeys

Actually we saw only one monkey and it belongs to somebody, but cute anyhow. Our boat driver was the coolest one on that day driving his boat more fasten than the others. We also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Heidi R
Southern Finland, Finland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my 2nd time to visit and i used same agent Madu Queen Boat Safari, ya..the owner name is Sujeewa. I was came from dehiwala train station to ambalangoda, we purchase 2nd class ticket, cost lkr 130 per person, my journey start at 7.20am to 8.55am. They arranged tuk tuk to pick us up, because my last visit was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Madhu River is a big River. It seems like a big lake. We have to drive almost 40 km from Bentoda to reach here for boating in River. We hired a boat and have a nice fun about 2 hours. There are so many isle land. We visited 3 isle land. We have paid 7000 Sri Lankan rupees for a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the river safari hoping to see some wildlife but we didn't see any. Even though the" captian" said we may see many just so that we will pay for the rides . It's USD 20 per adult but u can pay in rupees which is better cos of the exchange rate. The boat ride itself is about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is protected under RAMSAR Wet land conservation.Many varieties of mangrove trees can be seen here including a huge bio diversity. You can have a boat ride through mangrove trees and a fish therapy for your feet. There are so many little islands in this river.

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Southern Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Actually we saw only one monkey and it belongs to somebody, but cute anyhow. Our boat driver was the coolest one on that day driving his boat more fasten than the others. We also visited in a fish farm, where the fishes "eats" our foot.... Also the cinnamon bay was a nice place to visit. Though it was a tourist... More 

Thank Heidi R
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Wonderful experience. Two hours worth every second. See the traditional Shrimp farming techniques used by the locals, Learn the ways of local Cinnamon Farmers, Take a turn in floating fish spas, Learn about the local community at the Temple Island, "Koth Doova" And most importantly, Have a relaxing break into the nature.

Biyagama, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

fish spa and the boat ride in hidden mangroves is one of the best feelings ever had!!! A must feel! There are enough and more places that provide boat rides. The famous one is Captain;s boat house but we found out that to be a bit expensive... If you put a walk along the area you can find some competitive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We had visited to Madu river in our last leg of our Sri Lankan tour but it was the best way to conclude our Sri Lankan tour. The back waters is very beautiful. You can sight variety of birds and also monkey are there for you entertainment. One can also visit fish therapy centre feed the fishes and get a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Perhaps we expected something similar to the backwaters of Kerala and our expectations were a little too high but we found our boat trip around Madu River to be just ok (maybe a 3.5 stars). It's pleasant enough to travel up and down a part of the river but, apart from a few birds (they certainly were not abundant), we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Very good trip visited spice island temple there is also a fish farm saw monkeys and birds went trough the mangrove tunnel a a very enjoyable trip

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