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Private Day Tour to Galle with Madu River Safari

Private Day Tour to Galle with Madu River Safari - Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 10 to 12 hours
Location: Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$90.00

Exploring Galle is so easy in this Private Day Tour with a Professional English Speaking Guide who will be with you explaining the ancient British histories in a Private Comfortable Air Conditioned Vehicle.
Visit the most famous monuments attractions & Mangrove Boat Safari at Madu River. Day Excursion with Hotel Pickup and DropOff have never been this much of easy to explore rather than a Public Transport

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Pass By: Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

Meet & Greet your Professional Guide from your hotel in Colombo and head towards Galle.
Galle was built as a fortified coastal city with large walls along the seashore ... More info ›

Exploring Galle is so easy in this Private Day Tour with a Professional English Speaking Guide who will be with you explaining the ancient British histories in a Private Comfortable Air Conditioned Vehicle.
Visit the most famous monuments attractions & Mangrove Boat Safari at Madu River. Day Excursion with Hotel Pickup and DropOff have never been this much of easy to explore rather than a Public Transport

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

Meet & Greet your Professional Guide from your hotel in Colombo and head towards Galle.
Galle was built as a fortified coastal city with large walls along the seashore. It was designed with a European way of thinking – that attacks from colonial competitors could come from the sea as well as the land.

Stop At: Local Gem Dealers in Galle Sri Lanka, No:35 Thakkiya Road, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

The history of Galle extends thousands of years to biblical times. In more recent times it was a prize to be possessed for western traders in search of wealth and glory. Its beautifully preserved colonial Dutch fort with its quaint city with cobblestone streets within is a place time forgot. Close by are magnificent beaches, rainforests and other attractions. It is definitely a fascinating place to visit.
You will be shown how Sri Lankan Gems are cut & poloshed with the History of Sri Lankan Gems

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Galle Fort Lighthouse, Rampart Street Galle Fort, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

Galle is beautiful city seeped in centuries of history. The remains of this history can still be seen everywhere from its cobblestoned streets, to the historic monuments, to the many still functional structures such as the Galle Lighthouse.

The Galle Lighthouse, or Pointe de Galle Light as it was also known, was the very first light station to be built in Sri Lanka. Dating back to 1848; the lighthouse was built by the British to ensure the safe arrival of their ships at the Galle harbour. This original structure stood 24.5 m tall (80 feet) and was located at a site approximately 100 feet from the current lighthouse. Its light was made with a prism lens of glass, which floated in a bath of mercury (to reduce friction); and was powered by a weight driven machine.This lighthouse was destroyed in 1934.

The current lighthouse structure was built in 1939; erected within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort with a height of 26.5m (87 feet). The lightstation stands at a strategic location at the southern end of the promontory; built approximately 6m above the road level on the ramparts of the Fort, at a place known as the Point Utrecht Bastion . This affords it an undisturbed view across the seascape; and allowing any incoming ships to see its light.

The Galle Lighthouse is currently operated and managed by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The lights work through a computerized system which allows the foremost light to switch on every night and switch off in the morning. Visitors are not allowed to climb the lighthouse.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Hospital St Old Hospital Bldg, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

Built as a hospital by the Dutch, it has been used for several different purposes, over the years. The Dutch established the Galle hospital to look after the health of the officers and other staff serving under the Dutch East India Company. The hospital's close proximity to the harbour allowed it to serve Dutch seafarers. The hospital was constructed on the site of the Portuguese mint between the Black Fort and Aurora bastion.

During the 17th Century, the Dutch constructed a two-storey hospital on the eastern side of Galle fort. It was designed with long colonnaded verandas on both sides and floors of the building. The Dutch used cabook (coral stone) for the masonry work, with granite paved floors and thick plinth walls. Later, the masonry work was plastered over and white washed. After the British captured the fort in February 1796 they extended the building towards the north along the same ground plan. They used bricks as building materials and introduced glazed windows and glazed fanlights to this section. They also built a subsequent extension towards the sea starting from the middle of the existing building. Whilst built at different times the construction and design make the building appear as a single entity.

In 1850 the British converted the hospital into a barracks. They then used the building for the office of the Government Agent, who was the chief administrator of the district, until the country's independence in 1948.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Madu River, Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550 Sri Lanka

Madu River is a wetland, near the Small town "Balapitiya" along the Colombo Galle highway. This is the point where the Estuary of the Madu river. The river flows through a terrain where it creates a large number of islands, and the eco system creates a beautiful wetland. You can have an experience on how ancient people did their business in a Lagoon by travelling in Boat

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Colombo Fort, Galle Buck, Colombo Sri Lanka

Head towards your Hotel and end the Tour

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Madu River Boat Rides

Madu River Boat Rides - Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$50.00

* The Madu River area surrounding the river are all swampy marshlands covered in mangrove forests.
* The forest covers over 61 hectares, that is over 150 acres. 14 of the 24 species of mangroves are found in this area.
* It is interesting to note that mangroves play a huge part in preventing erosion.
* The value of the mangroves was understood in December 2004, during the devastating tsunami, when forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the region.
* The large growths of mangrove trees have caused a chain of ecological gain ... More info ›

* The Madu River area surrounding the river are all swampy marshlands covered in mangrove forests.
* The forest covers over 61 hectares, that is over 150 acres. 14 of the 24 species of mangroves are found in this area.
* It is interesting to note that mangroves play a huge part in preventing erosion.
* The value of the mangroves was understood in December 2004, during the devastating tsunami, when forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the region.
* The large growths of mangrove trees have caused a chain of ecological gain. The soil protected by the mangrove trees is very fertile. This has caused a rich growth of other wetland plants.
* Over 300 species, 19 of which are endemic, have been discovered so far.
* The region continues to be a treasure trove to biologists and ecologists with many undiscovered species in the unreachable depths of the mangrove forests.
* The plantlife in turn have supported a large number of wildlife that depends on them.

Visit: Madu River, Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550 Sri Lanka

In the Southern region of Sri Lanka lies the Galle district. Balpitiya is a little town in the district and would be quite unimportant; except for the location of a river. The Madu River is very rich in biodivesity. It passes through the wet zone of Sri Lanka opening up into the large Madu Lagoon on its way to the Indian Ocean. On the boat while going to explore this attraction would make you feel great without any doubt.

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Madu River Safari with SerendiB Adventures

Madu River Safari with SerendiB Adventures - Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$30.00

SerendiB is a well establish tour company.

Our service is professional and We use modern day equipment

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Madu River

Route Duration: 2 hours

Stops on the Madu River:
  • Lotus Paradise Nature Resort
Attractions on the Madu River:

Madu River

Operates: Can arrange any time of the day

SerendiB is a well establish tour company.

Our service is professional and We use modern day equipment

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Madu River

Route Duration: 2 hours

Stops on the Madu River:
  • Lotus Paradise Nature Resort
Attractions on the Madu River:

Madu River

Operates: Can arrange any time of the day

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Sunrise Mangrove Kayaking Retreat - Madu River - Ahungalla

Sunrise Mangrove Kayaking Retreat - Madu River - Ahungalla - Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Location: Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

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$34.00

A sunrise mangrove kayaking retreat to heal your body and mind.

Escape from the polluted city and get lost in a world of unknown beauty....!

"Most of the people has lost their connection to nature and their
source. Everything is in imbalance with the busy lifestyle in hustle
and bustle surrounding ... More info ›

Special Offer - Intro offer: Book by October 31 and travel between September 15 and October 31 to save 15%. - Book Now!

A sunrise mangrove kayaking retreat to heal your body and mind.

Escape from the polluted city and get lost in a world of unknown beauty....!

"Most of the people has lost their connection to nature and their
source. Everything is in imbalance with the busy lifestyle in hustle
and bustle surrounding. The idea of “Lonely Kayaker” is coming out with the purpose of reconnecting people to nature. This mangrove kayaking experience in Madu river will hopefully connect you again to nature & to find a piece of mind. You will spend your time in a uncharted tranquil unique ecosystem"

Madu River wetland consists of many mangrove islets. It has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to approximately 303 species of plants belonging and to 248 species of animals. The Madu River is also a Ramsar declared Wetland.
The activity will be hosted by a university graduate who has a wast knowledge about nature and adventure outdoor living.

WE GUARANTEE A DAY TO REMEMBER

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5.20 - 5.30 - Getting Change
5.30 - 5.45 - Basic Training & Safty Briefing
5.45 - 6.00 - Launching Kayaks with Sunrise
6.00 - 9.30 - Mangrove Kayaking Retreat

Stop At:

• Madu River, Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550 Sri Lanka
• Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area, Balapitiya Sri Lanka

Special Offer - Intro offer: Book by October 31 and travel between September 15 and October 31 to save 15%. - Book Now!

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Private Day Tour: Madu River Boat Safari

Private Day Tour: Madu River Boat Safari - Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Location: Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$35.00

Go on a wonderful boat ride down the Madu River with its flourishing ecosystem. Pass through the secretive passages created by the mangroves ... More info ›

Go on a wonderful boat ride down the Madu River with its flourishing ecosystem. Pass through the secretive passages created by the mangroves. See the basking crocodiles and water monitors. Visit one of the small islands with its cinnamon harvesting natives. Enjoy the restorative qualities of the avian life fish massage. Observe the water birds in their natural habitats.

SKU: LK60031300

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Stop At: Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area, Balapitiya Sri Lanka

Make your way to the Madu River, where this tour begins at 9am. Board a boat into the mangrove marshes of the Madu River, traveling through shadowy caverns formed by the trees, and interspersed with bright open stretches of water.

Learn more about mangroves while watching for crocodiles, water snakes, tree snakes, and wild boars in their natural habitat. It's also common to see cormorants, storks, and other birds, which hunt for prey in the river current. As you pass shallower areas of the river, you'll spot pots for catching prawn and shrimp, then visit an old Buddhist temple on one of the river's many islands. Pause at another island that's devoted to growing cinnamon, with the chance to purchase fresh, aromatic cinnamon to bring home. 

If desired, you can stop by a fish massage parlor,  where you can dangle your feet into a fenced-off part of the river to get treated by the "massage fish" (own expense). This one- to two-hour boat tour concludes at the original departure point. 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Private Day Tour: Kosgoda Balapitiya and Galle from Hikkaduwa

Private Day Tour: Kosgoda Balapitiya and Galle from Hikkaduwa - Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
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Duration: 10 hours
Location: Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$45.00

This one-day tour takes you on a coastal ride of wild adventure and sublime relaxation. Explore the mangrove depths of Madu River ... More info ›

This one-day tour takes you on a coastal ride of wild adventure and sublime relaxation. Explore the mangrove depths of Madu River. Get that perfect tan on the white sands of Unawatuna. Enjoy walking over cobblestones steeped in history as you view the old city of Galle. See Moonstones Mines in Metiyagoda. Create an unforgettable and wonderful experience on your vacation.

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Stop At: Madu River, Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550 Sri Lanka

Maduganga. 11/12/03; Southern Province; 915 ha; 06 18'N 080 03'E. A mangrove lagoon joined to the sea by a narrow canal and containing 15 islands of varying size, some of which are inhabited. It is formed of two shallow waterbodies, Maduganga and smaller Randombe Lake, connected by two narrow channels. On the islands and shores relatively undisturbed mangrove vegetation contains a rich biodiversity qualifying the wetland for 7 Criteria of International Importance. Many globally/nationally endangered, endemic and rare species - e.g. Shorea affinis, an endemic and endangered plant, Mugger (Crocodylus palustris) vulnerable (IUCN Red Book) and CITES-listed Purple-faced Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus), endangered, Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Flapshell Turtle (Lissemys punctata), Indian Python (Python molurus) find shelter here. The lagoon provides the breeding, spawning and fattening ground for many fish species and supports 1.2 % of the Little Green Heron biogeographical population. The cultural heritage is very prominent, with numerous ancient temples in the area and on the islands. Maduganga helps in flood control by storing water during monsoon rains and retains nutrient run-off from nearby cinnamon plantations. The major occupation of the local people is fishing and agriculture (cinnamon and coconut). Poaching of wild animals and waterfowl is unfortunately increasing, and extensive use of fertilisers and consequent abundant growth of invasive species, e.g. Najas marinas or Annona glabra, are factors of concern. Part of a Coastal Resources Management Project funded by the Dutch Government - ADB, with a management plan expected in 2006. Ramsar site no. 1372. Most recent RIS information: 2003.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Galle Fort, Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

The Galle Fort, or Dutch Fort as it is also known, is a fortification first built by the Portugese on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The initial fortifications, which were built in the late 16th century, were quite basic. However the fort underwent extensive modifications in the 17th century by the Dutch, making it one of the most important archeological, architectural and historic monuments to illutrate the European influence in South East Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries. According to a statement by UNESCO the site was recognized as a World Heritage Site for its unique exposition of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries which is the criteterion number four for such recognition.



Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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