Koggala Lake
Koggala Lake
3.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Koggala Lake is one of the biggest natural lakes in Sri Lanka. A number of islands are scattered in the lake among which the Temple Island, Modol Doova, Bird Island and the Cinnamon island are the most famous. The lake is rich in birdlife and mangroves and is a major attraction for tourists.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles191 reviews
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Simon F
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very poor value. Overpriced and had a lousy guide. He was very well meaning but did not know much about what was going on. The boat kept stalling and we fell well short of the allotted time. Certainly not something we would repeat and ended up being the most disappointing activity on our holiday.
Written 20 February 2024
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Inu Tour
Sri Lanka1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
🏄‍♂️🚣‍♂️🤽‍♂️THE WORLD IS A BOOK AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY ONE PAGE🏄‍♀️🚣‍♀️🤽‍♀️****
Written 4 January 2024
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Nickie K
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We all really enjoyed this. Saw lots of birds and friendly wild monkeys. Visited Cinnamon Island and saw their artisan production.
Written 30 November 2023
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Anamika
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Island is good. But never buy cinnamon powder from there. It is a full cheating business. Saw dust is given.
Written 21 June 2023
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girlscouse60
Chipping Ongar, UK288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Totally disagree with all negative reviews. Arrived by tuk tuk and negotiated a cheap price for the boat. Within a few minutes we saw loads of black monkeys, we saw two crocodiles, two huge water lizards, loads of birds. On the way back our guide spotted monkeys, he slowly got the boat to the trees and we were so fortunate to be able to feed them bananas which they took from our hands. The mother was watching which was a bit scary but all part of the experience. Cinnamon Island was really interesting, the man has lived there all of his life making small amounts of money from cinnamon. No pressure at all to buy anything. The fish spa was brilliant and such a great experience. Yes we were fortunate to see what we did but I would not be put off by negative reviews. For info we got the boat around 11am and we saw loads.
Written 18 April 2022
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David
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Our tuktuk driver brought us to this lake. At the boat company we saw nice pictures of the wildlife: various bird species, crocodiles, monkeys, varanes, ... Also a trip to cinnamon island and fish foot eating/massage was on the list.
What we got was 1 monkey in a tree right after departure, no other wildlife, a long and slow ride in the lake with nothing to see. And when the wind was behind us we also could smell the fumes from the engine. The cinamon island experience was just about sniffing at some crushed leaves and being invited for the tea at the home of some people living there, the fish foot massage was not included in the price.
Apparently it was a chance in a hundred you will see a crocodile here as there are only 3 or 4. And for special birds you might have had a chance if you would come very early in the morning.
So we felt cheated: our expectations were not managed at all, the boat guide was just reacting positively on our enthousiasm. If we would have been informed that we didn´t have a serious chance of seeing wildlife and what the cinnamon island experience was about, we would not have taken this boat trip. And possibly have given a 3 or 4 dot reaction because of their honesty. In stead we like to give this the lowest score as an advice to others.
Written 15 April 2022
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George F
London, UK30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Could be a lovely experience as the lake is beautiful with Eagles soaring above, monkeys etc. However it is as other reviewer T bar has said tourist trap after tourist trap.
Written 9 April 2022
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CLIFF P
Brighton, UK48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Had two trips out onto Koggala Lake recently, one via a local boat owning family and one via Kola Cafe. Lake is very peaceful and Temple Island well worth a visit. We left out Cinnamon Island and fish foot massage. We saw monkeys and fruit bats, but surprisingly few birds, compared to other similar places we've visited over the years. When arranging a price, be clear as to how long you want to go for and where you want to visit, as this will prevent confusion. Best times of day - morning from around 0900 and late afternoon.
Written 2 February 2022
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T Bar
Mont Tremblant, Canada5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Do not waste your time or money, much better things to do around here then this. It's a tourist trap filled with tourists traps.

Basically you pay to be brought to one tourist trap after the other.

Written 10 January 2022
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Hemal N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
It was great to visit koggala lake. We went the place could Ananda spice. It costs 3000 fo 5 of us. 1 our and 30 minutes. Beautiful..
Written 22 December 2021
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