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Madu River

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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...more
Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took a boat safari through our driver recommendation. Overall it was a good experience...the river could be maintained better. The best part of it is seeing a baby crocodile from local fisherman and cinnamon trees.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank teepanv
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took a 90 minute boat ride with No. 07 Madu River Boat Safari. It was great. First we saw a range of floating shops and fish farms, then we visited a cinnamon company where we enjoyed complimentary cinnamon tea, next was a fish spa...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robyn-Wendy
Reviewed 6 days ago

Boat ride on Madu river is a must in Sri Lanka. The beautiful Mangrove plantations take your breath away

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ankur C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Its a memorable river safari,amazing mangroves can see during boat ride then fish massage. Also cinnamon island is there, u think must see attractions.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Khurram M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Madu River Safari takes you to a different world of experience. You are given dedicated boats and will be given pit stop for fish spa and then some more long drives under the bridge and finally they take you along the path where this river...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RohiniKamath7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our Madu river safari greatly. Beautiful nature, lots of interesting places to visit. Spotted some really beautiful birds and enjoyed a lot our time in these pleasant wetlands!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank amk2f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just going arround with a boat at river too expensive for what it offers nothing to see there just saw 2 kind of birds!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 560stathiss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a 'safari' in a boat. This was expensive, uninformative and rammed with people. There were far too many boats, so every point of interest was a fracas. The guide had no knowledge or seeming interest in the surroundings. The birds and wildlife we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the cruise about 9am so it was lovely and quiet. We saw several eagles, 1 monkey, 1 crocodile (apparently this is very rare), egret and a kingfisher. The boat trip is relaxed and friendly. We stopped at an island to watch cinnamon making,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank aliO8269RB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a nice trip organised by a Bord'eau restaurant. We have seen a lot of the backwaters of Madu river, mangroves are fascinating and aldo seeing how cinnamon is produced out of a cinnamon tree. Small budhist temple is worth a visit. The nly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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4 September 2018|
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Response from Mammut80 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Aisra Not sure of the exact name, but all the boat trips are clones of one another. I personally would not take a one year old as the boats are very old and shabby. Not exactly sea worthy vessels. Safety equipment is... More
Sultan A
28 July 2018|
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Response from SACHINK24 | Reviewed this property |
I got to know from some locals that boating on Bentota river is much better as you get to see crocodiles. The driver will normally take you to MADU river where he will get a higher commission The driver will tell you that at... More
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.