Madu ganga wetland boat ride

Madu ganga wetland
Madu ganga wetland, Balapitiya

Madu ganga is located in Balapitiya, 80 km away from Colombo, close to Sri Lankas southern costal belt. This wetland spreds over 900 heactares of area and most of it covered with water. There are totally 64 island in Madu Ganga. This tour will take around 2.5 to 3 hours and its advisable to bring drinking water, Sunglasses and hats. Some boats has adjustable roofing covers.

Madu ganga wetland
Madu ganga wetland, Balapitiya

King Coconut seller at Madu ganga
King Coconut seller at Madu ganga

During your boat ride, you can see huge mangrove forest by the river banks. Boats will ride under short tunnel, which is made out of mangrove. You can see many birds and animals who are living in this aquatic environment.

Mangrove forest  in Madu ganga
mangrove forest

The main occupancy of the villagers is fishing. Some of them doing the tradition industries such as cinnamon processing.

Mangrove forest tunnel in Madu ganga
Mangrove forest tunnel in Madu ganga

Kraal Fishing
This method is sometimes referred as "Jaa Kotu". You can see many setups constructed for Kraal fishing. They are usually made out of Bamboo. Some areas these nets are extended occupies larger areas of the river so boats has to ride carefully.

Kraal fishing in Madu ganga
Kraal fishing in Madu ganga

Fish Therapy:
This was introduced to Madu ganga several years ago. It seems now there are several Fish Therapy places by this river. Different types of fish are put in to tanks, which are floating on the river. Visitors can immerse their feet to these tanks and fish stats biting. You will feel ticklish when they nibble your dead skin on the feet. Currently this service cost Rs. 100/= per adults and its free for children.
Please check our Madu Ganga Fish Therapy page for more information.

Madu ganga fish therapy
Madu ganga fish therapy

Madu ganga fish therapy
Madu ganga fish therapy

Smallest Island ( Satha 5 Duwa)
This island got it name because its shape is similar to older 5 cents coin. There is only a small devalaya located there.

Satha 5 Duwa in Madu ganga
Satha 5 Duwa

Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya:
This Buddhist temple is located in a small island and there are no other construction other than the temple.

Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya, Madu ganga
Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya, Madu ganga

Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya, Madu ganga
Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya, Madu ganga

Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya, Madu ganga
Koth Doowa Rajamaha Viharaya, Madu ganga

Temple in Maa Doowa Island
This is another temple, you can visit during your Madu Ganga Tour. This temple is located in the largest island call Maa Doowa. It is believed that that the temple Boo tree is more than 600 years old. During the recent excavation, a nearly 1000 years old granite toilet stone found from this premises.

Cinnamon Processing:
Another stop in Madu Ganga tour is the place, cinnamon processing taking place.

Cinnamon Processing
Cinnamon Processing

Tools used for Cinnamon Processing
Tools used for Cinnamon Processing

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