Boat safari along the Madu River is a relaxing trip with plenty of interesting stops. You pass dozens of islets forested with mangroves and can appreciate the timeless natural rhythms of rural life. You cruise in a canopied, outboard motor power boat.
You can see prawn farming and traditional fishing techniques in action & abundance of wildlife including water monitors, wild monkeys, lizards and many birds such as Kingfisher, Hawk Eagle and Comarans.
Kothduwa Temple – Allow you to visit 200 years old Buddhism.
Cinnamon Island – Family living in the cinnamon farm demonstrate Cinnamon peeling and some local industries such as coir manufacture and Rope making. No entrance fees to cinnamon farm, however they expect you to buy at least one item at the end of the demonstration. It may cost you on avg rs.300 per item (Cinnamon sticks/oil/powdered Cinnamon-a tea enhancer)
Another interactive area is Fish farm and it offers you “The Fish Spa”, built on the river itself, Hundreds of Thilapiya and Mosambique Fish eat the dead cells off your feet. There’s no feeling like it in the whole world. Only rs.200 per person and there are no strict time schedules. Your feet will never be the same. At the farm you can take pictures with a small crocodile and carbs included in the entrance fee of rs.200.
Sea Turtle Farm
On your return, visit a Turtle Hatchery.
This hatchery is located 5km north of Balapitiya. These turtle hatcheries were constructed to rescue and protect turtle eggs because of the rapidly declining numbers of marine turtles in Sri Lanka shores.
Thereafter the baby turtles are collected from the beach and kept in tanks for 2-3 days, and released into the ocean to fend off for themselves. Visitors to the hatchery can release baby turtles into the ocean at night; they can also take a glimpse at two very rare albino turtles that are kept at the sea turtle project for conservation.