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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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This was our first trip and we were rushed by our host towards the ticket seller without thinking... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Nice boat ride through the cultural cost in Srilanka

I went to Srilanka with my friends, we had a bost ride through the back waters, magroves, fish... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AbiMPulikeezh
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Bengaluru, India
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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.
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  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“fish spa” (43 reviews)
“cinnamon island” (107 reviews)
“boat ride” (76 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Madu Ganga in Balapitiya, 80km south of Colombo, is a very special place. This Ramsar site covers 900 hectares of open water, dense mangrove forest and 64 islands. It is the second largest wetland site in Sri Lanka and one of the last pristine...More

Thank mikeclapham92
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is literally nothing to do apart from fish spa and getting down at a random island. It’s 6k slr per boat and if you are just 2-3 people it doesn’t make any sense. The rivers smells of kerosene and no great takeaways for me...More

1  Thank Akshay B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice experience. Had a lot of fun with my friend. You should go there. If I get a time and definitely go with my family. ❤️

Thank Sumudu S
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

The river itself is beautiful with lots of birdlife and other aninmals. Our boat was a run down boat with no life wests, a stinky engine but a nice ‘driver’. Didn’t care much for cinnamon island and didn’t want to participate in the fish farm...More

3  Thank Chalotte M
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This was billed as a river safari on wetlands, which sounds very pleasant. But what it was was an expensive tourist trap. Our boat was extremely noisy, and emitted strong fumes. Whatever animals or birds that were around would surely be scared away. There were...More

2  Thank Nan D
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

This trip was very good indeed, very interesting the 1.5hr went really quick could have spent another hour on this trip it was so calm and peaceful. We did it at 8am so it was nice and cool, however if it had been done later...More

1  Thank Lyn R
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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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