Madu Ganga: A river with a rich biodiversity – A journey through lush mangrove forests

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Want to get closer to a complex wetland ecosystem in Sri Lanka? Take a wonderful boat ride down the magnificent Madu Ganga and discover its unique biodiversity.

Madu Ganga | Image Credit: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:SUPindia">SUPindia</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Standup_Paddle_-_Madu_Ganga_lake-_Srilanka_-_Kumaran.jpg">Standup Paddle - Madu Ganga lake- Srilanka - Kumaran</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode" rel="license">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
Madu Ganga | Image Credit: SUPindia, Standup Paddle – Madu Ganga lake- Srilanka – Kumaran, CC BY-SA 4.0

Overview

The Madu Ganga is considered a treasure trove of natural wonders which contains some of the pure mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. Its extensive wetland ecosystem is home to diverse species of animals and plants. The whole area spreads over 900 hectares while most of it is covered by water. The area has gained much significance due to the fact that it aides the local ecosystem by storing fresh water during the rainy season.

The journey

During the boat ride, you’ll be able to spot massive mangrove forests, prawn fishing kraals or ‘ja-kotu’ and different species of animals in their natural habitat. One can witness a thick mangrove vegetation in almost all the banks of the river. Don’t forget to admire the breathtakingly beautiful mangrove thicket while gliding under the canopy of forest tunnels.

Cinnamon Isle

Also known as the ‘kurundu duwa’, the Cinnamon Isle is a key attraction among many a tourist. It is in this part of the world where high quality and fresh cinnamon is grown. Those who are residing at many a boutique hotel Bentota the likes of The River House should definitely experience a boat ride along the river since it’s just a 30-minute drive to the Madu Ganga.

A fish therapy!

How about experiencing a natural fish massage after a wonderful boat ride? You just need to plunge your feet into the water and fish will nibble away the callused skin.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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