A boast safari along the Madu River will be an experience you won’t soon forget. From stunning landscapes to fantastic wildlife sightings, it can make for an adventure unlike any other found here in Sri Lanka.
The Madu Ganga River is the basis for a sprawling ecosystem that is bursting with biodiversity and abundance. Found in the southern reaches of Sri Lanka – around an hours’ drive away from Galle – a tour along this amazing river is sure to net you some amazing sights and lasting memories. As your boat begins its journey along the river, the first thing you’ll notice is just how beautiful and serene the surrounding landscape is. The mangrove swamps and lush wetlands that draw life from the river have a special atmosphere for them – one that is a mix of wonder and tranquillity. If you make your trip during the early hours of the morning, you’ll even be treated to the sight of morning mists forming up over the waters, it can be a truly angelic way to start your journey.
The area surrounding the Madu River is considered to be one of the most biodiverse regions in Sri Lanka. These wetlands are home to over 300 different species of animal – 19 of which are endemic. As you cruise along, keep your eyes fixed on the water’s surface for the tell-tale eyes and nostrils of the mugger crocodile! The area is also teeming with all manner of avifauna, so have your binoculars ready!
During your boat trip, you can even immerse yourself a bit in the local culture by visiting the many small islands found amidst the river’s streaming waters. One of the largest islands actually holds a Buddhist temple. This can be an excellent location to visit and take a quick breather from all the adventure and excitement on the water.