Private tour

Colombo: Madu Ganga, Mangrove Lagoon & Bentota Boat Tour

Colombo: Madu Ganga, Mangrove Lagoon & Bentota Boat Tour

Activity provider: Seerendipity tours

From US$ 90 per person

The most important asset of the fragile Eco-system of Madu Ganga is its mangrove forests. These mangrove forests are providing the protection for large number of aquatic bird, animal and plant species.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Sri Lanka's second largest complex coastal wetland ecosystem
  • Cruise through the shallow waters and massive trees of the mangrove lagoon
  • Watch for birds like eagles, cormorants, kingfishers, babblers, and bulbuls
  • Keep your eyes on the riverbank, you might see wild animals like monitor lizards, crocodiles, and monkeys
  • Enjoy a leisurely stroll on Bentota beach
Full description

Madu Ganga is one of the most important natural assets of Sri Lanka. It is located 70km south of Colombo on the Colombo-Galle main road. Madu Ganga is the second largest wetland on the island, consisting of 28 islands. The number of families living in the islands is estimated to be around 250. Madu Ganga spreads over 915 hectares of wetland and harbors vast biodiversity and ecosystem.  Madu Ganga wetland is fed by seven tributaries and forms the body of the wetland. The water runs through a course of land that spans 2300 hectares. It was declared as a national sanctuary in 2006. A cruise on a modern motorboat is the best way to explore the natural wealth of Madu Ganga, the islands in the wetland are largely inaccessible by road. The inhabitants are also using the boats and more often paddle boats as the means of transport. This tour offers a particularly appealing boat trip around Madu Ganga. The Ramsa Wetland is one of the most visited natural attractions of Sri Lanka’s west coast, with riverscapes amongst quiet thick grown islands and mangrove forests with sites of immense natural interest. There are plenty of opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife in the aquatic environment, throughout the tour. The most important asset of the fragile ecosystem of Madu Ganga is its mangrove forests. These mangrove forests provide protection for a large number of aquatic bird, animal, and plant species. The ecosystem in Madu Ganga is the home of many different kinds of aquatic plants, crabs, shrimp, fish, insects, amphibians, and other animal life including crocodiles.

While on the boat tour you'll visit one of the oldest temples on the west coast of Sri Lanka, located on a secluded island. You will also get a chance to visit the mask museum and see hundreds of ancient masks and learn about their history, folklore, and use in rituals. You'll also visit a sea turtle conservation center run by volunteers. Learn about why Sri Lanka is a prime turtle nesting site and how important it is for turtle conservation. Before your tour is over, you'll get to enjoy a leisurely stroll on Bentota beach, one of the nicest beaches on the west coast.

Includes
  • Return transfer from Colombo
  • Modern motorboat and driver
  • Lifejackets
  • Boat tour an island temple
  • Mask museum
  • Bentota beach
  • Sea turtle conservation center
  • Any personal expenses
  • Tips for services
  • meals and drinks
  • entrance fees to turtle hatchery
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity includes transportation by modern speedboat
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October 30, 2018

Product ID: 39448