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Madu Ganga River

N 6°16.422', E 80°2.365'
2012-02-04
http://www.maduganga.com/
Our rating: 8.20
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Madu Ganga river is the best place in Sri Lanka for a boat trip, something like a river safari. The river is shallow and flows through the mangroves. After about 1 kilometer after the boatyard the river becomes very wide, there will be numerous islands. Each island is interesting in its own way and during the tour you will visit some of them. On the banks of the river there are huge monitor lizards and crocodiles. Children play just a few steps away from them :)

Water monitor in the Madu Ganga river
Water monitor in the Madu Ganga river ©Yuriy Buriak


Huge water monitor lizards live almost in the city.
Huge water monitor lizards live almost in the city. ©Yuriy Buriak


Huge monitor lizards on the Madu Ganga river banks
Huge monitor lizards on the Madu Ganga river banks ©Yuriy Buriak


It's interesting that the children freely play near the river in 3 meters from the 2-meter long monitor lizards.
It's interesting that the children freely play near the river in 3 meters from the 2-meter long monitor lizards. ©Yuriy Buriak

A man on another boat gave us a monkey :)

On the way you can hold a small monkey.
On the way you can hold a small monkey. ©Yuriy Buriak

The river banks are very scenic.

Madu Ganga river banks
Madu Ganga river banks ©Yuriy Buriak


Boat for river trips
Boat for river trips ©Yuriy Buriak


Madu Ganga river banks
Madu Ganga river banks ©Yuriy Buriak


Different animals may hide in the thickets.
Different animals may hide in the thickets. ©Yuriy Buriak

In the mangroves we were looking for crocodiles, but didn't find them.

Mangroves
Mangroves ©Yuriy Buriak


Crocodiles can be found in these thickets.
Crocodiles can be found in these thickets. ©Yuriy Buriak

Then we swam to the island, where a local family lives. The living conditions are really harsh, the house is built entirely of clay, no electricity, no amenities too. As I understand, they earn money on tourists. The man showed us various arts and crafts, we especially liked preparing of cinnamon.

A man shows various crafts.
A man shows various crafts. ©Yuriy Buriak


Cinnamon leaves
Cinnamon leaves ©Yuriy Buriak


The scourings will be used as a fertilizer and the bark will be used to produce spices.
The scourings will be used as a fertilizer and the bark will be used to produce spices. ©Yuriy Buriak

Cinnamon sticks are a curled bark, which is dried until is becomes brown.

Bark is used to make spices.
Bark is used to make spices. ©Yuriy Buriak

We were shown how to weave a roof of palm branches and twist a very strong rope ​​of coconut fiber.

A rope made of coconut fiber
A rope made of coconut fiber ©Yuriy Buriak


Making a roof of palm leaves
Making a roof of palm leaves ©Yuriy Buriak


Palm leaf roof
Palm leaf roof ©Yuriy Buriak

We purchased cinnamon in sticks, powder and oil. Next, we moved to another island with a small temple and settlement.

Small stupa on the island
Small stupa on the island ©Yuriy Buriak


Ancient manuscripts
Ancient manuscripts ©Yuriy Buriak


A family of bobtail cats lives on the island.
A family of bobtail cats lives on the island. ©Yuriy Buriak


We left a donation of Rs 500.
We left a donation of Rs 500. ©Yuriy Buriak

We also stopped at a special place where fish is cultivated.

Place for cultivation of fish
Place for cultivation of fish ©Yuriy Buriak


Lots and lots of fish
Lots and lots of fish ©Yuriy Buriak


Fish peeling
Fish peeling ©Yuriy Buriak


Fish peeling
Fish peeling ©Yuriy Buriak


Little crocodile
Little crocodile ©Yuriy Buriak

More photos of the Madu Ganga river

Special creeks for fishing
Special creeks for fishing ©Yuriy Buriak


Various tools for catching fish
Various tools for catching fish ©Yuriy Buriak


Bird
Bird ©Yuriy Buriak


Bridge for pedestrians and Tuk Tuks
Bridge for pedestrians and Tuk Tuks ©Yuriy Buriak


It's not easy to pass each other on the bridge.
It's not easy to pass each other on the bridge. ©Yuriy Buriak


The fish swims in and cannot get out.
The fish swims in and cannot get out. ©Yuriy Buriak


Do pineapples grow this way?
Do pineapples grow this way? ©Yuriy Buriak


Island with a mini temple
Island with a mini temple ©Yuriy Buriak

The boat for up to 8 people costs ~$50-60, the trip time is 3 hours. But in the comments people say that it's possible to find a boat even for $15 :)

Getting there: By train or bus along the coast to the Balapitiya station. The boat station is nearby, on the Galle Road, see the map below.

Tags, Sri Lanka: river

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Comments (Total: 5)

2013-11-21 19:30 # 1 VNSh
Стоимость лодки - 15 долларов и даже ниже, предлагали за 1500 рупий - это 12 долларов. А за 50 - 60 продаёт туры некий "Капитан", весь ряженый такой :). Напротив него, через мост, лодка стоит 15 долларов.

2013-11-23 21:56 # 2 Евгений Гурбич
На Шри Ланке надо торговаться и не соглашаться сразу на ту цену, которую назвали. У меня был случай когда удалось сбить цену на сувенир с 1200 до 600 рупий, не утруждаясь :)

2013-12-07 21:08 # 3 VNSh
Постараюсь объяснить, почему автору статьи лодка обошлась в 60 долларов. Надеюсь, эта информация кому-нибудь поможет. Когда вы едете на экскурсию в Балапитию, вы нанимаете кого-то, кто вас туда везет. Этот кто-то обязательно повезет вас туда, где вам предложат лодку за 60 долларов. С нами именно таки поступили. Благо, я уже был информационно подкован, и пока моей семье что-то там рассказывали, я спокойно ушел из этого места, чем сотворил переполох в стане наших провожатых. Всё очень просто - они из этих 60 у.е. получают хорошие комиссионные. А я просто перешел мост и на противоположном берегу договорился о лодке за 15.у.е. При этом идущему за мной сыну снующие вокруг пацанята предложили лодку за 12 у.е., но мы за 3 доллара бороться уже не стали :).

2013-12-07 21:18 # 4 VNSh
По поводу торговли :). В форте Галле есть один закоулок, где стоит мужик с сувенирами. Мы сбили цену за огромного слона, да еще и со слоненком, с 45 долларов до 16 :). Честно говоря, мы не планировали его покупать, но он пристал как банный лист, и понижал цену до тех пор, пока мы не подумали и согласились :).

2014-10-13 19:13 # 5 Олег
Спасибо большое за информацию. В декабре туда собираюсь. Обязательно поеду на реку и буду торговаться ))))

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