The Madu river termed "ganga" in sinhalese, is situated in Balapitiya 20 km away from Hikkaduwa and opens out to the wide a estuary of the Madu Lagoon, that comprises pristine mangrove forests with a bio diverse habitat of hundreds of species of plants and animals. Within this lagoon lies 64 islands, housing over 250 families connected to the mainland with a long footbridge where the main occupation of the local inhabitants of their islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil along with a unique method of prawn fishing in their canoes using lanterns to attract shellfish into their traps.
Amidst this Lagoon also lies a Buddhist Monastery, the Kothduwa Rajamaha Viharaya Temple, where the peaceful Monks take their time to recite the history of this wonderful sanctuary and will also present a 150 year old book made of palm leaves. There are many big squirrels around the temple and you can also witness jellyfish, monitor lizards and much more.
All these spectacular events can be experienced with a river safari, the breathtaking foliage around the river will relieve you of all distress while gliding through the mangroves. You can also take some time to visit the fish spa, where red tilapia fish nibble on your feet removing dead skin, a natural spa and a very different experience.