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River Safari on a boat around Madu Ganga will let see and feel many interesting things and
activities. Visit Madu Ganga river and have a great experience
The beauty of Kadolana / Mangrove trees is not expressible. Each island in the Madu River have
many of these trees making the whole river an amazing place to visit. Mangroves are salt-tolerant
trees and you can find them everywhere in the Madu Ganga river. Boat ride will take you through
these amazing trees and you will feel something you never felt before. Eco Isle also an island in
Madu River and it also surrounded by many of mangrove trees. As a guest to them island, their
boat service will take you through these trees and you can spend a great time watching and
feeling the peace.
Smallest island in the Madu Ganga is Satha Paha doowa, which you can see in a River safari
session. There are 60+ islands in the Madu Ganga and all of them are amazing. One of them is
more special for several reasons. Satha Paha doowa or 5 cent island is the smallest among all of
the islands in Madu Ganga. It is called Satha Paha doowa (5 cent island) because of its shape is
similar to the old 5 cent coin used in the Sri Lanka. And also, it has a small building which is a
Hindu temple (Hindu Kowil). While you are riding in the boat trip, you will be able to see it
Experience a great journey to a Cinnamon production island in Madu Ganga river, Southern, Sri
Lanka. Cinnamon is a spice and medicine. Sri Lanka exports cinnamon products to the whole
world and the processes which take place to make various products are very interesting to watch.
While you are in the boat trip around the Madu Ganga, you can spend some time in the Cinnamon
production area that demonstrates you how to make various cinnamon based products.
Kothduwa Buddhist Temple is one of most popular destination in Madu Ganga river safari. There
are thousands of temples that spreads the Buddhist teaching in the Sri Lanka. Kothduwa Temple
or Kothduwa Raja Maha Viharaya is one them located in Kothduwa Island in Madu Ganga.
One of the unique experiences you can have in the Madu River is a foot massage from hundreds
of Doctors Fishes. Both the local and foreign travelers are attracted to fish therapy whenever
they are visiting the Madu Ganga and every time a unique experience. The fish which is used to
give the therapy called Doctor fish and there are various types of doctor fishes that you could
choose from. There are not many places that provide such a service and you are welcome to give
it a try while you are boating around the Madu River
The picturesque Madu River is a lovely attraction that will undoubtedly appeal to the nature
lover. A remarkable aspect of this river is its exceptional biodiversity. You will find a diverse
variety of plants, fish, insects, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and birds in this natural wonder
including many kinds of aquatic and wetland creatures. In fact, there are 70 kinds of fish, 25 kinds
of molluscs, 50 varieties of butterflies and 31 kinds of reptiles in this amazing marvel of nature.
These diverse varieties of creatures all interact and sustain each other in this flourishing aquatic
ecosystem. Visitors may have the opportunity to observe this thriving natural showcase which
has evolved over the centuries. Bird lovers will be interested to know that there are a host of
fascinating avian varieties to be seen at Madu River; there are in fact no less than 111 recorded
species of birds in the vicinity of the river. Of these some varieties are wandering species that
arrive in this area on their annual migrations.
Moonstones are in the semi-precious category and are an important component of the Sri Lankan
gem industry. The finest are bluish in color and are found in high concentrations in heading inland
7 km to Mitiyagoda, between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa.
Moonstone has been mined in these sweltering forests forever and the moonstone mines, little
more than muddy rabbit holes, 6 m or 7 m long, are fascinating as is the process of filtering out
the precious stones, cutting them up and polishing them up ready for sale. At the Moonstone
Factory you can see or even go down into a narrow shaft where the stones are mined.
The miners climb down a 10-meter-deep shaft on a frame made of strong coconut wood. A
machine pumps out water, but all the digging is done by hand. The buckets of soil that are wound
regularly to the surface yield around 50-100 rough moonstones a day, though not all of them are
saleable quality. It is believed by the villagers that this piece of land, around an acre in extent, is
blessed by the moon.
The visitor center will provide information relative to the stones while the gift shop on the
premises sells moonstones along with other gems like topaz, garnets, tiger eye and tourmaline.
Kande Vihara Temple is a major Buddhist temple in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka. The temple has
got its name " Kanda vihara" as it built on top of a hill located near to Aluthgama town. The
Temple has been formally recognized by the government as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka.
This is a very attractive place. Many people come and worship there. We worship and we go
there with flowers and fruits and dress in white dresses.
A temple dating from the 1700s, the Kande vihara temple is a great place to globble up some
history while observing local life. A pioneer centre for Buddhist education in Sri Lanka, Kande
vihara temple has a number of ancient sculptures, statues and colorful frescoes dating back to
the Kandyan era. Kande vihara temple is a perfect place of worship complete with all the essential
components of a Buddhist temple and receives veneration of people both home and abroad, this
sacred place was found by venerable Karapagala Dewamitta Thero in about 1734
Many of our trips include the opportunity to observe nesting or hatching sea turtles, either as
part of a holiday or as a volunteer placement. Well-managed tourism like this contributes to the
conservation of sea turtles – six out of the seven species of which are classified as vulnerable or
However, for sea turtle conservation programmes to be successful, strict guidelines must be
followed. There must be no interference in the nesting process, and numbers of tourists and/or
volunteers must be tightly controlled to avoid distressing the turtles.
In some cases, there is a lot more human involvement in the nesting and hatching process. The
eggs may be removed from the nest and placed in ‘hatcheries’, either in artificial nests or reburied
in protected parts of the beach. Hatchlings may be assisted by volunteers once they emerge or
held back for later release. In more extreme cases, the hatchlings are kept in tanks.