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Madu River Boat Safari

Madu River Boat Safari

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(SKU: LK76030106) This one-hour tour takes you on a boat safari through the primitive depths of the mangrove marshes in Madu River. Traverse the dark and dangerous caverns formed by the thick mangrove forests.

Located near the small southern town of Balapitiya, this inland mangrove lagoon consists of several different islands of many sizes. The Madu River estuary and wetland area covers about 915 hectares while it is home to a very diverse eco system. While enjoying the boat safari, you will witness endemic and rare species of flora and fauna as well as native animals all which will be explained by the well experienced guide. From the mangrove forest to a cinnamon island and a temple, you are in for a treat whilst exploring the dark waters of the Madu River.



  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off.
  • Fish Massage - USD 3 per person.
  • Food and Drinks.
  • Gratuities.
  • Expenses of personal nature.


Start your adventure at Madu River. Get on a boat and explore the river's mangrove marshes, which have dark, tunnel-like spots and open, sunny areas. Learn about mangrove trees and watch for animals like crocodiles, snakes, and wild boars. You'll also see birds like cormorants and storks hunting for food. When the river gets shallower, you'll see traps used to catch prawns and shrimp. You'll visit an old Buddhist temple on one of the river's islands and stop at another island where they grow cinnamon. You can buy fresh cinnamon to take home. If you want, you can visit a fish massage place. They have special fish that give your feet a massage in the river, but it costs extra. The boat tour lasts about 1 to 2 hours and ends where it started. It's a fun and educational trip with nature, wildlife, culture, and even an optional fish massage.

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