Balapitiya



Balapitiya
Madu Ganga Boat Trips

The tiny village of Balapitiya is the starting point for Boat Trips up the Madu Ganga River. These river safaris offer visitors the chance to see a range of birdlife as well as amphibians and reptiles. There are 64 islands along the river, some of which inhabited. One island is home to a large Buddhist temple adorned with paintings and sculptures. On another, visitors can watch a demonstration of how cinnamon oil is extracted from the tree bark by residents. For many tourists, the highlight of the trip is passing through the dense mangrove forest or “mangrove caves”. Note that the boat rides can be quite expensive. more