64 islands (some of them are inhabited by the human) are included in the Madu River estuary. The extent of Madu River wetland is 915 hectares and it harbours multi-varied Bio-diversity Eco-systems. Madu River wetland is fed by seven tributaries, which creates the main water body of the wetland. This water mass runs through lands that spread over 2300 hectares, which is a national sanctuary since 2006…Madu River Boat Ride / Madu River Safari Sri Lanka.
“Nature is the God of human being” – great poet Kalidasa. This saying denotes the importance of nature for the humankind in the universe. Madu River, a Ramsar wetland, which located in south-west Sri Lanka, should be treated with the importance of a god.”
The historical name of the wetland was known as “maha dupata ati gangawa” (River with the giant island), later the name was changed and became Madu River. In the early days, there had been sixty-four islands within the borders of the Madu River wetland. But today, the number of islands has been reduced to twenty-eight. This natural environment is the third Ramsar land in the world. But despite its importance for nature and the environment, the water and the environment of Madu Ganga is largely affected due to human activities.
When is the best time for the Madu River safari?
It is highly recommended to take the Madu River safari when the weather is dry. Boat tour on rainy days can make it very inconvenient and dampen you despite every boat has a foldable roof. On windy days with heavy rain, you can get really wet. Madu River estuary also located on the west coast of Sri Lanka like most popular beach resorts such as Bentota and Hikkaduwa. West coast is very suitable for travellers from November to April, during this period most part of teh country including the west coast has dry weather, making it suitable for outdoor activities. However, the period from November to April known as the peak holiday season in Sri Lanka and during this period most hotels on the west coast get filled up with tarvellers.
The boat tours are still can be done during the rest of the year from April to October. However, on a certain day during this period, venturing on the boat trip may not suitable due to the heavy rain. If you plan to travel to Sri Lanka during the off-peak holiday season and take the Madu statuary boat trip, please consult your tour operator to get the best dates for the boat tour.
Special Madu river boat tour package with accommodation for local travellers
Seerendipity tours have launched a special Madu river trip package for local travellers with a boat trip, all meals and accommodation. In this Madu river trip, the guests can book individual rooms or dormitory type of accommodation depending on their budget and interest. The guests will spend ten overnight on an island located within the Madu River estuary. This Madu River trip offers many interesting activities such as archery, canoeing and many other water sports to travellers at an additional cost. For more inquiries 0774440977, the Madu River trip includes,
- Accommodation in an island of Madu River
- All 3 meals (local meals)
- Madu River boat tour
- many other optional activities such as archery, canoeing, trekking etc
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Madu River is one of the very fragile and important ecosystems in Sri Lanka. It is located just south of Bentota and about 70 KM from the Colombo city tour. One can easily reach it due to its existence on one of the busiest main roads of Sri Lanka, known as Galle-Colombo main road.
This ecological complex is a Ramsar wetland and it is the second-largest wetland on the island. 28 islands (some of them are inhabited by the human) are included in the Madu River estuary. The extent of the Madu River wetland is 915 hectares and harbours multi-varied Bio-diversity Eco-systems. Madu River wetland is fed by seven tributaries which creates the main water body of the wetland. This water mass runs through lands that spread over 2300 hectares, which is a national sanctuary since 2006.
Exploring the green cover in foreign soil is definitely sounds interesting, you may encounter rainforests, dry zone forests, mountain forests, riverine vegetation… the list goes on. Most holiday destinations have many forest types with different characteristics, based on elevation, rainfall, temperature and many other factors. Similarly, Sri Lanka (about Sri Lanka) is also home to many types of forests, and one prominent forests type found on the island of Sri Lanka is the riverine vegetation that has a unique setting compared to most other forests found on the island. This Madu River safari of Sri Lanka or Madu River boat ride allows you to explore one of the most important riverine forests of Sri Lanka.
Madu Ganga or Madu River is the second biggest wetland in Sri Lanka and included in most road trips of Sri Lanka. Same times the Madu River is the only Ramsar wetland in the country. Out of all riverine forests in Sri Lanka, the Madu River is the most popular riverine vegetation on the island, therefore the Madu riverboat ride or Madu river safari of Sri Lanka should be on the bucket list of every visitor of Sri Lanka west and southern coast beach resorts.
The Boat tour is offered as a standalone activity, which means the tour does not include transfers, meals and guiding. This package includes only a boat tour with visits to Mangrove forest, cinnamon island, and optional fish therapy. The customers need the boat regardless of the number of passengers. E.g. You need to pay 4500 for the boat, which can be accommodated up to 8 persons.
This is a package tour that includes many activities with a Boat tour as well as many other interesting activities. This package includes Madu river safari with visits to Cinnamon island, mangrove forest, temple visit, Bentota beach, mask museum, sea-turtle conservation and centre and hotel pick and drop. The per-person cost for this one day Sri Lanka tour differs based on the pickup location.
This one day trip includes many interesting places such as Hikkaduwa beach, mask museum, sea turtle conservation project, Galle fort along with boat tour at Madu estuary, and hotel picks up/drop. This one day trip, which is a perfect program to explore the entire southern coast of Sri Lanka with the Madu estuary.
There are two different price categories when you book Madi river safari,
- Per person rate
- Per boat rate
If the number of persons in the groups is 8 or more the visitors can go for per person rate, which is 8 per person. If the number of persons is less than 8 the visitors can rent a boat for the ride and it cost USD 60, the rates may differ based on the exchange rates of the day that you travel. Usually, the rates include the 2 hours Madu river boat ride with visits to Cinnamon Island, Buddhist temple, mangrove forest and the package also included all taxes. Transportation from your resort to the starting point of the river safari is not included in the price. Call 0774440977 for more information and booking.
6 Popular Sri Lanka day trips with Madu River boat tour
1. Madu River packages from Balapitiya (boat trip only)
This is the most basic form of Madu River Safari available for travellers, the River Safari lasts around 2 hours. The tour package does not include hotel transfers and visits to other important tourist places. The customer needs to report our boathouse and we will provide the boat and other necessary equipment such as life jackets required for the Madu River Safari.
2. Madu River packages from Negombo with Galle tour
This Madu River safari package includes hotel pick-up and drops as well as visits to other important tourist attractions on the south coast. Sea turtle conservation project, Kande vihara historical temple, Galle fort, Mask Museum, Bentota beach, Hikkaduwa beach, Moonstone mines are also included in the program.
3. Madu River packages from Colombo with Galle tour
This one day Madu River Safari package starts from Colombo and it includes Madu River safari, Mask Museum, Galle fort, Mask Museum, Sea turtle conservation project, Hikkaduwa beach, Kande vihara historical temple, Bentota beach and moonstone mines. This is a one day trip that can be booked not only from Colombo but also from any beach hotels on teh west and southern coast. Walking through teh ancient fort of Galle and a boat tour of the Madu River estuary are the most important activities on the trip.
4. Madu River packages from Kalutara with Galle tour
The Madu River safari package starts from Kalutara. This is a one day program and lasts around 7 hours. The travellers can visit many interesting places such as Madu River estuary, Kande vihara historical temple, Galle fort, mask museum, Sea turtle conservation project, moonstone mines, Bentota beach, Hikkaduwa beach,
5. Madu River packages from Bentota with Galle tour
This one Madu River safari package lasts around 6 hours. The first stop on this trip is the Madu River estuary, where the travellers can witness a wide range of Faun and Flora thrive in the riverine forest. Later drive to Galle Fort, Moonstone mines, Sea turtle conservation project, Kande vihara historical temple, Mask Museum, Hikkaduwa beach and spice garden.
6. Madu River safari with Bentota sightseeing
The tour starts from Colombo. The main attraction of this Madu River package the Madu River estuary. The travellers can enjoy 2 hours boat trip in the Ramsar wetland while visiting mangrove forest, cinnamon island and witnessing many avian fauna species. After the Madu River safari, you may visit the sea turtle conservation project on the return journey.
This Madu River safari and Bentota sightseeing tour also can be booked with the Galle fortress. It can be booked as a one day trip from Colombo and all west coast beach resorts. This one day trip is a very popular activity among the travellers and Seerendipity tours organize many daily Galle one day trip with Madu River safari every day. If you need more information on the Galle day trip with the Madu River safari click here.
River safari of Sri Lanka is a very popular activity among tourists because it is one of the best ways of enjoying nature in its raw form as most wetlands in Sri Lanka such as the Madu estuary are spared from human activities. There are many places where you can do river safari in Sri Lanka such as Anawilundewa wetland, Chandrika lake, and Muthurajawela wetland, however, nine of those places are superior to the Madu River safari.
Madu River estuary is the most popular spot for a river safari in Sri Lanka, especially for travellers, who travel to the west and south coast. Madu river safari is one of the most interesting activities on the west coast of Sri Lanka and you will not miss it if you head to the west coast for your beach holiday.
The Madu river safari is a private program and every booking is allocated with a boat, which means whether you are 1 person or 10 people in the group, you will have a private boat trip.
If you are with a big group you can get several boats and cruise behind each other. You have free wi-fi at the starting point of the boat tour enabling you to instantly upload amazing pictures to the internet, right after the boat trip. Even you can get the lunch here at a very affordable rate and prepared after Sri Lankan recipes with freshly bought seafood, vegetable and fruits.
It is recommended to book the boat for your Madu River safari before arriving at the site, there can be an instance that you not able to get hold of a boat during the busy time. We can arrange your boat at a rate of Rs 4900 per boat ( a boat can accommodate up to 8 persons). Give us the date and approximate time, we will keep the boat ready, therefore your boat trip is guaranteed, and there will be no waiting time.
Usually, the Madu River safari begins at the mouth of the Madu River at Balapitiya. Madu River safari of Sri Lanka lasts between 1 to 2 hours and you have the opportunity to see a large area of the wetland. The Madu River boat ride at Madu estuary is a journey that enthrals you with its captivating rich natural vegetation and living beings. The journey especially appeals to nature lovers and echo-knowledge seekers.
What is the Madu Ganga boat safari contact number?
The contact number to book a Madu River Boat Safari is 0774440977. The travellers can book boats for the Madu River safari by calling this number. Advance payment is necessary to reserve the boats. You also need to provide information such as the number of travellers, the name of the main travellers, a contact number and approximate time arriving at the boathouse.
Madu river boat ride can be combined with Sri Lanka southern tour easily and explore interesting places in southern Sri Lanka such as Galle fortress, Ambalangoda mask museum, Hikkaduwa coral reef, Moonstone mines, Sea turtle farm alone with Madu riverboat ride. This is a Day tour, starts at 8.00 am from Colombo (Day tours in Sri Lanka). The duration of the tour is 8 hours. The minimum number of person per tour is 2. The package includes a return transfer from Colombo, English speaking tour guide (please inquire for other languages), entire ground transportation in a luxury AC vehicle, entrance for all sightseeing, high-way toll, parking charges, all taxes.
- Cinnamon island
- Mangrove forest
- Kokduwa historical temple
- Fish therapy tank
- Shrimp farm
Cinnamon Island is one of the few places that you stop during the Madu river boat ride. Cinnamon Island is a small island located in the Madu Ganga estuary. Boat or a ferry is the only mode of transport for the people who are living there. This small island is about 200 meter in extent and about 20 feet above the surrounding water surface. As the name suggests, Cinnamon Island is a cinnamon plantation and the most part of the island is covered with cinnamon plants. Other than the cinnamon there are several coconut palms as a supplementary crop here.
The travellers, who are on the Madu river boat ride can get off on the island and have a look at the cinnamon plantation. Travellers have the opportunity to see the method of traditional cinnamon peeling in Sri Lanka. This tedious task takes several minutes and you can buy fresh cinnamon produces by the family, who live there.
The travellers encounter several big rectangular fish tanks during the made river safari and these tanks are teaming with Gurammi fish. These fish tanks are built to provide fish therapy to the people who engage in the Madu river safari of Sri Lanka. Thirty minutes of the fish spa at Madu Ganga cost only a fraction of the cost you pay in Dubai or the Philippines. Unlike many other fish spas, here fish tanks are not located in enclosed areas. At Madu, Ganga tanks are floating in the river and they are stocked with a large amount of fish.
People can sit around the tanks and put their feet into the tanks. As fish therapy takes place you can enjoy the fascinating world around you. The natural environment of the fish spa is amazing and next to the tanks is a huge mangrove forest. A large number of aquatic bird species, monitors, and monkeys are the most common here.
There is a set of guidelines before you jump into fish therapy. Maybe you are not familiar with fish therapy because it is not common as most other methods of massage. At first, you may feel ticklish as the fish removes the dead outer part of the skin and calluses. Later the ticklish feeling is fade away making it a relaxing sensation.
The last stop of the Madu river boat ride is a Buddhist temple with a beautiful image house. The temple possesses the whole island and comprised of many buildings. The noteworthy places in the temple are Bo-tree, Image house and Dagoba. Visitors are allowed to go into the temple, but they have to remove shoes before entering the temple. Read more about what you need to know before visiting a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka.
All boat trips of the Madu river begins near the Balapitiya bridge, which is very close to Balapitiya town. There are many boat safari organizers scattered around here and they provide boats to the travellers. There is no time table as to when the boat trips begin. All the boat trips are private boart trips, which means every and each booking get its own boat, there will be no intruders in your boat. If you wish to start the boat tour, you can start the journey right away, there is no waiting time.
Covering an area of 2300 hectares with 64 islands, every island has beautiful settings as the next. All islands are varied in size and shape with their sea caves giving access to internal lagoons and small sandy beaches. The smallest island is about 10 square feet in size while the large islands spread over several square kilometres. It is a well-protected aquatic resource providing easy access and navigation with its calm waters throughout the year. So rest assured, Seerendipity tours take you to the many islands and mangrove forests where you will take by surprise at their magnificent beauty.
- 11 species of agnatic molluscs
- 14 species of land-dwelling molluscs
- 70 different fish species
- 31 species of reptiles
- 50 species of butterflies
- 111 species of birds
- 247 animal species
- 14 different species of mangroves (out of 24 in the country)
The most important asset of the fragile eco-system of the Madu River is its mangrove forests (exploring Sri Lanka mangrove forests in Sri Lanka). These mangrove forests are providing protection for a large number of aquatic bird, animal and plant species.
The eco-system in Madu River is the home for different kinds of aquatic plants, crabs, shrimps, fish, insects, amphibians and many other animal life including the crocodile (Sri Lanka crocodile). Madu River is inhabited by a large number of animals and its bio-diversity is at a very high level. It is inhabited by 247 animal species, 111 bird species, 70 fish species, 50 species of butterfly and many numbers of other creatures. Madu River is one of the best places to witness the different types of mangroves in the country.
Madu Ganga or Madu river begins from the mountains, which known as Pol Atu Kanda. There is no other place in Sri Lanka with a large concentration of islands within its borders like the Madu River.
The secret of being home to one of the biggest mangrove forests on the island is the daily occurring high and low tide in which the salinity of the waters of Madu River is kept under control. During the low-tide the seawater flows in the direction of in-land along the river, increasing the salinity of river water while during the high-tide the water flows towards the opposite direction. This natural phenomenon helps to maintain a suitable eco-system for mangrove vegetation. The best way to explore this magical world of the Madu River is to undertake a boat ride.
According to the historical notes, the king of Parakramabahu II defeated south Indian invaders, who arrived from Kerala. Historian opines that it has happened at the mouth of Madu River. One can easily reach the interior of the island using tributaries that feed the Madu River wetland. But knowing the intention of invaders, King Parakramabahu II had directed his army to avert the attempt of the Kerala army.
The wetland is not only a natural attraction for the region but also is an important income generator for the people in the area. It is an important source of fish for the fisherman in the area. A large number of families is living in the islands of Madu river wetland depends on the fishing industry. Other than its economic benefits, the Madu river estuary is the main flood trapping waterbody in the area and it absorbs all excessive water poured into the west coast during the south-west monsoon.
There is no road network connecting the island and mainland and the boat is the main source of transport for the people living in the islands of Madu River. Kotduwa Buddhist temple occupies an island and it is the main religious institution for the people, who live in the Madu River. The temple is visited by a large number of people, especially on full moon days. Kothduwa temple is an important tourist attraction and visited by every tourist, who undertakes the Madu river safari of Sri Lanka.
This natural wonder attracts a large number of foreign and local tourist every day. One can enjoy the natural beauty of the Madu river on a day excursion from most places on the west and southern coast. These day excursions are offered by travel agent such as Seerendipity tours. Don’t forget to visit the Madu River and enjoy the unique fascinating environment of this Ramsar wetland, if you happen to be in Sri Lanka.
Madu river safari Sri Lanka is a private one day trip that starts from Colombo and the west coast of Sri Lanka. However, the starting point is customizable since the Madu River tour is a private program. If you wish to have more information on the Madu River boat ride or if you wish to book the Madu River safari Sri Lanka, please do get in touch with us on 0094-77-440977 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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