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Madu River

Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
+94 77 602 0422
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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 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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  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“cinnamon island” (90 reviews)
“fish spa” (34 reviews)
“boat ride” (72 reviews)
Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
+94 77 602 0422

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Reviewed 1 week ago

20 $ per person is not worth it, its a commission place. not to be visited, place is ok ok, but too expensive. for foreign tourist its worse. its a trap this place, better avoid and enjoy bentota beaches

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Madhu river ride during our stay in Bentota. It costed us 6000 Lankan Rupee, but was worth the money. The Journey was for 45 mins to and hour which ended with a fish Spa.

Thank TBarman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a number of cruise options. There are around 60 islands of various sizes in the river which turns into more like a lake. You see crab and prawn catching "nets", plenty of birds, water monitors, mangroves and a cinnamon farm. Great way to...More

Thank rama1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having read very diverse reviews, I expect the quality of tours vary substantially. Ours was good: the trip took in a significant range of interesting stops from cinnamon islands to temple islands. My only caution is that the order could be improved and next time...More

Thank Tista C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good boat ride at sunset There is fish spar And a shop in the middle of the river Worth the visiting Also the cinnamon Island, wouldn't recommend purchasing any cinnamon as it is not really good kind , better purchase from a much more larger...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This river safari is recommended.Cost is not displayed anywhere,so,better bargain heavily,without sacrificing the duration,the number of islands you will visit etc.For fish massage,you have to shell out a small extra amount .In cinammon island do not buy anything.All are available at one fourth of the...More

Thank TGMdelhi
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

While staying at the nearby Shinagawara beach hotel we took the opportunity to do a boat trip on the huge Madu river. Got to see a lot of wild life and learn a bit about the many islands in the river system. A recommended tour...More

Thank GSveebeez
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Madu river is a tourist attraction on the way to Galle. Madu river boat safari is a popular tourist activity in that area. 100s of boats offer their services. There are islands in the river. A temple, a Hindu shrine, cinnamon island and fish massage...More

1  Thank Yohan P
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We were a large group with kids. It was certainly a very pleasant surprise so many islands. Enjoyed the visit to cinnamon island n the fish therapy. It was also the first time we tasted the Kirala fruit juice (Mangrove Apple)

Thank Thariq A
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

- the driver took us there, but at the street the boys are heavily attracking tourists to make a stop - we had to sit in the boat wearing life jackets before they told us the price of the trip which was really too much:...More

Thank Poezoe3
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22 May 2016|
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Response from SYRNW | Reviewed this property |
Madu river is in Balapitiya which is abt 2 hrs from Colombo We went on the old road which is narrower than the newly made highway as it takes quite a while to get to the access point of the highway from Colombo Hope this... More
10 September 2015|
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Response from FazreenaIsmail | Reviewed this property |
It was about Rs.1500 per person. But I'm Sri lankan born, the rates maybe a bit more for foreigners.
24 August 2015|
Response from Dee L | Reviewed this property |
It was 300 LKR per person. We were 12 in our group. No lunch.