• Duration: 9 hours
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Description

Madu River, a wetland estuary spreading over 900 hectares of which 770 hectares are covered with water and inhabited with 64 islands. The boat ride is a wonderful way to take a closer look at this complex wetland ecosystem, a world heritage site protected by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, being one of the last wetlands in Sri Lanka to contain a pristine mangrove forest. 

Journey past massive mangrove forests, glide under the canopy of the forest tunnels as they curve playfully towards the watercourse. If it's later in the evening watch the fishermen in their canoes lighting lanterns on traps that catch prawns and other shellfish. It's certainly going to be a memorable day-out on the serene waters of the unforgettable Madu River! After an exciting Madu riverboat trip, drive down to Galle on the highway and visit a Turtle hatchery near Galle to see various species of Sea Turtles, if you wish you could even release a baby Turtle to the Ocean.

Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is located in the Southern Province, about 20 km north-west of Galle. Hikkaduwa is famous for its beach and corals. Villages affected were Telwatta, Paraliya, Dodanduwa, Kahawa, Rathgama. The place is on the way from Colombo to Galle on the famous Galle road. It is primarily a tourist destination, and serves as a great beach with options to surf, snorkel, and enjoy the sun.

A city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone seawalls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip. 

Built by the Dutch, beginning in 1663, Galle's core is the Fort, a walled enclave surrounded on three sides by the ocean. A key part of the Fort’s appeal is that it isn’t just a pretty place. Sure, tourism now dominates the local economy, but this unique city remains a working community: there are administrative offices and courts, export companies, schools, and colleges.

Itinerary

Pick up from your hotel.

Pick up from the Hotel in Hambantota and leave for Balapitiya to commence Boat Safari at Madu River.

Madu River.

Take in the unique biodiversity of the Madu River and its surrounding islands that boasts of hundreds of birds, plants, fish, and animals. Journey past massive mangrove forests. 

There are plenty more things to do on this trip, your thirst with a refreshing drink of King Coconut Water and then proceed towards the Buddhist Monastery, see how Kraal fishing is carried out, how Ceylon Cinnamon is peeled, and enjoy some 'fish therapy' as they playfully nibble your feet at the 'fish spa'.

Glass Bottom boat ride.

After lunch get into a glass bottom boat ride at Hikkaduwa to see underwater corals.

Galle & Dutch Fort.

Arrive at Galle and enjoy a Galle city tour, including a visit to the Dutch Fort.

End of the tour.

After your tour is concluded, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

What's included

  • Transportation in an A/C Vehicle
  • English speaking guide for the entire tour
  • Entrance fees & All Govt. Taxes and Surcharges
  • Lunch

What's excluded

  • Any other tours or services not mentioned above

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothes
  • Money for personal expenses
  • Anything that might be useful to you 

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • SAILING OR BOAT TOUR
  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • ATV OR QUAD TOUR
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR

Guided Language

  • English

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