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Madu River

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Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
+94 77 602 0422
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Captain's Boat House - river safari and lunch

There are different places offering Madu river boat ride. We had pre-booked through a travel agent... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nimish P
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One of the best natural wonders in Sri Lanka

One of the must see places in Balapitiya. Many ways to enjoy a boat rides & fish therapy farms for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ravi W
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“fish spa” (43 reviews)
“cinnamon island” (107 reviews)
“boat ride” (76 reviews)
LOCATION
Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 602 0422
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"fish spa"
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"cinnamon island"
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"boat ride"
in 76 reviews
"buddhist temple"
in 35 reviews
"fish farm"
in 28 reviews
"sri lanka"
in 29 reviews
"your feet"
in 18 reviews
"boat house"
in 16 reviews
"water monitors"
in 15 reviews
"cinnamon sticks"
in 15 reviews
"nice experience"
in 10 reviews
"great trip"
in 7 reviews
"foot massage"
in 11 reviews
"low bridges"
in 10 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 6 reviews
"prawns"
in 16 reviews
"mangrove forest"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are different places offering Madu river boat ride. We had pre-booked through a travel agent where our package included the river safari as well as lunch through 'Captains boat house'. The river safari was awesome with a stop at cinnamon island where they show...More

Thank Nimish P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the must see places in Balapitiya. Many ways to enjoy a boat rides & fish therapy farms for affordable prices.

Thank Ravi W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought that this would be an adventure ride but it was not so great No crocodile sightings at all as it is more in BENTOTA RIVER The driver insists these places to make commission Cinnamon island is nothing but just a visit to a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must do when you visit this area. If you can, try a private tour. Many operators located around the Madu river. Stop at cinnamon island to see how small scale cinnamon is produced. And buy some, although you may find it more expensive than...More

Thank LeendertvD
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really amazing. We went there by boat trip with our children. The nature is wild and beautiful. we enjoyed it. we saw a temple , cinnamon producing and fish massage on the way. We had great time.

Thank PoorangT
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I agree with some of the previous reviews,a diesel laden trip to see a few things that you can see better elsewhere eg monkeys,cormorants,an odd temple and a cinnamon worker demonstration

Thank saraharing
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

This was our first trip and we were rushed by our host towards the ticket seller without thinking. It proved to be expensive I think 8k for the boat (2 of us), the boat lad couldn’t speak English very well so there was little communication...More

3  Thank hendykirst
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

I went to Srilanka with my friends, we had a bost ride through the back waters, magroves, fish spa, visit to the Budhist temple, cinnamon oil factory etc. This is a nice option if you are planning to visit Srilanka. On top of that the...More

Thank AbiMPulikeezh
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Enjoyable ride as you make your way across the numerous islands and stop to admire the fauna and animals along the way. The ride takes around 2 hours and it does seem like it gets over too soon...The highlight was the Cinnamon Island wherein one...More

1  Thank Lakshmi P
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We had an amazing afternoon enjoying this river, our boat driver was so attentive and stopped and showed us everything from monkeys in the trees to lizards, kingfishers and even jellyfish. We stopped at Cinnamon Island, which was interesting and an island for worship, we...More

Thank jackifm
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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.
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nonameatall2016
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
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Radderstravel
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.
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