RIVER ESCAPES

Duration Half day Excursions
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What can be seen : Admire various birds, the water warans, even crocodiles and the mindblowing mangroves. Visit a cinnamon farmer, an ancient temple on a small island, a fish farm and the marvellous floating red and white lotus flower fields.

 

What to wear/bring: Comfortable clothes, hats/caps, camera, insect repellent, sun block.

 


Itinerary

You will be picked up from your beach hotel and transfer to Balapitiya. Discover the unique beauty of MADU GANGA nature on a boat trip.

 

Mangrove vegetation lines the riverbeds, and occasional islets emerge as the river flows into the sea. Further upstream, we see kraal-fishing constructions and fishermen making their way in rowing boats to collect their day's catch. The occasional blue kingfisher flits in the vicinity of the kraal, a pond heron stands tall in the water, and other wetland birds have arisen from their slumber.

A relatively unspoiled lagoon, the Maduganga estuary is a 915-hectare complex coastal wetland ecosystem that opens to the Indian Ocean. 770 hectares of the total area consist of open water, while the remaining 145 hectares are the islands. The site is an ecological asset that harbours many wetland vegetation types as well as a variety of fauna, including a number of globally and nationally threatened or endangered species.

 

On completion of this tour, you will be dropped at your hotel

Note: This half day excursion can be done only for the guests who are staying at the southern beach hotels from Kalutara to Mirissa. Guests who are staying at other beach destinations will take more than half a day.

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