River Safari: Cruise the majestic Madhu River and enjoy a day full of adventure surrounded by nature and spirituality. Glide through mangrove ‘tunnels’ and see dozens of species of birds flying freely in this natural wonderland before visiting a secluded Buddhist monastery for lunch and then exploring a cinnamon plantation and a turtle hatchery. More than a river safari, this is a voyage of discovery.
The Madhu River is barely a few kilometres long but it packs a universe of sights, sounds and experiences along its winding course as it flows into Lake Maduganga. Between river and lake, there are more than 60 islands, some of which are inhabited by small fishing communities. As the boat drifts downriver, observe the riverbank and island dwellers go about their daily live and maybe catch a glimpse of their ancient fishing techniques. See the dozens of bird species that inhabit this precious wetland such as cormorants, egrets and kingfishers as well as other animals such as lizards and monkeys.
The outstanding feature of the Madhu is the mangrove forests, which form tunnels that completely cover the water. Sailing through these with just the sounds of the wildlife and the rustling of the vegetation is a dreamlike experience. As the river flows into the lake, sail for the tiny island of Koddhuwa to visit the Buddhist temple and to feast on a sumptuous lunch. Continue your odyssey to see the cultivation of cinnamon, watching the locals painstakingly peel this fragrant spice.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel collection.
Duration: Depends on the schedule you choose.
Start/opening time: 9.30am.
End/closing time: 2pm.
Others: Please wear clothing that conceals the shoulders, legs and arms when visiting religious sites.