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Sri Lanka is a real paradise for all nature lovers. Yet some places are especially beautiful and draw hundreds of tourists with enchanting sceneries and serene atmosphere. Madu River is located in the south of Sri Lanka near Galle. The water of the river is dotted with small islands and the banks are all covered with lush mangrove forests that are home to dozens of incredible animal species. Enjoy hundreds of vibrant tropical birds and a few crocodiles if you’re lucky enough. These creatures are pretty rare and don’t like crowds.
Depending on the time of the year, you can go to several places. Mirissa and Trincomalee are considered the best spots to enjoy madu river boat safari. Head to the South Coast of the country to Mirissa where you’ll get a 90% chance to see whales. It’s the most reliable place on Earth to do this! Mirissa is located between Matara and Galle and is a major tourist spot for all whale lovers.

You will also observe some authentic prawn hunting and the peeling of a real cinnamon tree. While enjoying the safari, you can visit a beautiful temple on the “koth Duwa” island which has a spectacular statue of Buddha standing.

Boat riders will take you from Colombo Galle into a labyrinth of mangrove forests and exotic plants. There you will see hundreds of beautiful birds including crimson frontea Barbex, wood peckers, king fishers, Black – hooded oriole and many, many others. A fish breeding center is located in the middle of the river offering an insight into the breeding cycle of local fish species.

The swampy marshlands that surround the Madu River are under protection of the government of Sri Lanka as it is a fragile ecosystem that is home to many rare animal species. There are around 300 animal species in Madu River, 19 of which are endemic. The soil there is also really fertile – it’s a real treasure trove for ecologists and biologists.