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Madu River

Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we come to Sri Lanka we have no idea what we do and our travel agent add this to our list and now I’m really happy for that we had awesome river safari. If anyone thinks to visit Sri Lanka make sure to add...More

Thank Rishi A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was only a tourist trap!! There is nothing to see at all, it is like a big lake you are travelling around,,and if you wanna stop to see things ,remember that nothing are free,,money money that what they want! We paid 2000LKR per person...More

2  Thank StockholmFamily
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you ever visit Sri Lanka, make sure this is in your list. for a very reasonable prize you can hire a boat for 2-3 hours. starting from next year is is mandatory for the boat operators to use petrol powered out board engines to...More

Thank Prasanna A
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Enjoyed the safari here.. Loved the nature, the ancient temples and mangroves. A must visit tourist attraction.

Thank Sajida A
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Madu river safari is itself a very nice boattrip at beautiful nature, but be prepared to tip here and there. A big word of advice to visitors of Cinnamon island- DO NOT BUY ANYTHING! The "cinnamon" you will get is a residue smelling of petrol....More

3  Thank Ekusunshine
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The Madu river cruise was the highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. Our guide Luba, from Luba tours collected us from our hotel at 7:30 am on Saturday 7 October 2017. He explained that in order to miss the crowds, it was advisable to...More

1  Thank Hooda5
Reviewed 27 October 2017

One the way from Galle to Colombo our driver suggested to take one hour safari at Madu river to see the mangrove threes, animals and it suppose to be really nice. He mentioned a price between 1500 LKR (10USD) to 2000 LKR. Not thinking much...More

2  Thank M9000
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We took a river trip through the mangroves and while we thoroughly enjoyed it we were shocked how crowded it was and how pricey it was. It’s such a beautiful location but there was a strong smell of diesel due to too many boats. We...More

1  Thank Jane W
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

We went on a trip with Jayantha tours and were satisfied about the price and the quality. Tour took a little over 1,5 hours and we saw the temple, went to cinnamonisland, drove through the mangroves. We skipped the fishfarm. Guide hardly spoke any english....More

Thank kruitje
Reviewed 17 October 2017

very enjoyable and varied safari. Visited the cinnamon island and saw monkeys and an amazing temple.

Thank amena64
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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
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.
24 August 2015|
Response from Dee L | Reviewed this property |
It was 300 LKR per person. We were 12 in our group. No lunch.