Transportation:: Private Transport Pick-up location and time: Colombo, Bentota, Kalutara, 0800 hrs
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Madu River boat trip - 2 hours, You can take a boat tour at Madu River estuary and enjoy the mesmerising riverine forest of Madu. 1 boat can accommodate up to 8 persons. The dense foliated mangrove forest is made of hundreds of thousands of giant mangroves, whose roots spikes from the sea bed and shelter many marine creatures such as water monitor, land monitor, crocodile, snakes, chameleon and a large number of avian fauna species.

Trip highlights

  • Learn about traditional riverine vegetation
  • 2 hours boat trip through the backwaters of the estuary
  • Ride through one of the longest tunnels in Asia formed by mangroves
  • Witness many marine creatures such as crocodile, monitors and birds
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of mangrove forest
  • Private tour for just you and your party
  • The guide provides navigation and engaging commentary

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity.
  • Only your group will participate

Trip includes

  • Mangrove forest visit
  • Live guide
  • 2 hours of a boat trip
  • All government taxes

Trip excludes

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport
  • Gratuities

COVID-19 Special information

  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
  • Social distancing is maintained in vehicles
  • To reduce crowds, all tours are private
  • Masks are required, please bring your own
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • Temperature checks are mandatory
  • You must book this activity online, as the ticket office is closed

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The boat trip does not include a transfer from your hotel. However, we organize the hotel pick up and drop on request. Please contact us on 0094774440977 for more details. You can also text to the same number via WhatsApp.


Day 1

Time : 8:00 am


Meet and greet by your boat trip organizer upon visiting our boathouse in Balapitiya


Madu River, duration: 2 hours


Madu River is a wetland, near the Smalltown "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 ecosystem 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.


A visit to Cinnamon island

After about 30 minutes from the starting point you will be reaching the cinnamon island. Cinnamon Island is one of the 64 islands in Madu estuary. It is inhabited by a family, who run a family business, where they grow cinnamon. Here, you can see how the cinnamon is prepared for commercial use.


Visiting Buddhist tempel

Another small island with a Buddhist temple, where you make a stop. The island belongs to the temple, which is visited by the people living on the other island in the estuary. The temple is quite isolated during the day as the most devotees visit the temple late evening. Visitors are allowed to enter the temp please kindly respect the dress code. The garden of the temple is full of green and there are many fruits, vegetables and spices are among them.

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    Nice trip and local company organized our pick up from the hotel, everything perfectly organized.

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    Highly recommendable

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    Very nice family activity

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    Madu trip we booked with Seerednipity tours because they are a local tour operator, the rates are very affordable and service is also very good.

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    We wanted to do a short trip on the last day of our Sri Lanka holiday because we had to come to the airport by 4.00 pm. It was perfectly planned by the local office and they picked us sharply at 07.00 (Ocean hotel Colombo) and took us to Madu river in Bentota. The boat was ready by the time we came to the boathouse and we started the boat tour right away. during which we had seen crocodiles (about 4 meters long), snake, water monitors (about 1 meter long), lizards and many bird species. Our guide then took us to Colombo and dropped us at the airport at 02.00 pm.

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    Madu river trip was one of the best activities for us and had enjoyed a lot.

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    Very enjoyable 2 hours with mother nature

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    We had the opportunity to spot large number of birds and mangroves

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    Cinnamon peeling and visiting the calm and quiet cinnamon island was a highlight of the day fro our one-day tour

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    It was the first time I travelled through a mangrove forest, it was a nice experience

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    It was a nice experience for our kids they enjoyed it a lot, good activity for adults as well

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  • Pricing Name Group rate upto 8 persons
    1 - 1 Pax
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    Custom ( 1 - 1 Pax ) USD53.00 USD29.00 /Group

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