MADOL DUWA -THE ISLAND OF LITERATURE, THEATRE, AND MANGROVES

In the serene setting of Koggala Lake, less than half an hour from CoCo Bay Unawatuna is an island that is a household name among every Sri Lankan: Madol Duwa. Duwa, meaning island, Madol refers to the mangroves that are holding the island in its grasp. Madol Duwa became famous among the locals with the publishing of a young adult novel of the same name, which describes the adventures of two teenagers running away from home seeking refuge on the island. Akin to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin, the novel became so popular that it was made into a movie in the 1970s, and is now translated into English, and is a part of the local curriculum as well.

Visiting Madol Duwa should be among your list of things to do in Unawatuna, Galle, Hikkaduwa, or Koggala due to its unique beauty. The island can be reached only by a boat. Set off towards the island late in the evening and you will be greeted with beautiful views of the lake mirroring the blue skies above. The island has a clear route marked through the trees, that will lead you through it. There are a stone mortar and pestle in the middle of the shrubbery, a well that is falling apart, and if you look closely, you will be able to see the fallen roof of a cave that inspired the whole story. Walking through the island is not a tiring task, but be careful not to stray from the path for there could be vipers around. However, the island is rather small that if you keep walking in one direction for a steady 20 minutes, you would reach the other end. When you visit Madol Duwa, do not forget to climb to the mound at the west end of the island. If you are lucky, a lone fisherman would be out at the lake, and you will be able to capture a panoramic view of the lake and its lonely companion with a setting sun.

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Being one with nature at Koggala Lake

Sri Lanka has countless places to go for wildlife and nature enthusiasts and located in the southern coast famed for its golden sand beaches is Koggala; not just a beach, as the inlands offer several other attractions among them including a river and a lake.

Koggala Lake is not very well known amongst the mainstream tourists, but if you are into nature and want to experience tropical nature in its most unsullied form, Koggala Lake is perhaps one place that should not be missed on a trip down south in Sri Lanka.

It is dotted with a large number of islets, which are attractions in themselves. There are also mangroves that can make a boat ride along this water world a wonderful experience that will make the explorer feel one with nature in its calm and tranquil surroundings.   For the enthusiastic bird watcher, the lagoon area is a perfect spot to catch birds such as egrets and herons in action either early in the morning or in the evenings. What is more there are water monitors, a diverse variety of flora and of course locals engaged in fishing and prawn harvesting that can be captured on cameras as all these activities in the area provide picture perfect moments and unique experiences.

There are also several well known restaurants close by that serve delicious seafood dishes which one must try out while traveling around this area. There are many locals who take visitors on motor boat rides or even boat rides on catamarans during which travellers can hop on to some of the tiny islands along the lagoon and the lake.

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Koggala Lake – Surround Yourself with Nature’s Untamed Beauty

Arguably one of the best places to visit whilst in Sri Lanka, the southern city of Galle holds many splendours for one to cherish. Blending flawlessly with its gently arcing golden sand beaches, touring the city will prove to be enjoyable for the discerning traveller as the garrison town has many attractions that will amaze and lure the hearts of the beholders.
Perhaps its most famous attraction, Koggala Lake is situated a few kilometres south of Galle. Built around the coastal town of Koggala, it is one of the premier destinations to marvel at Sri Lanka’s marine bio diversity.
Located in a coastal town, the Koggala Lake is a truly unique attraction. Grasping the attention of those nature lovers, it is the perfect haven for those who wish to experience nature in all its glory. Dotted with 16 islands, each island remains as a key part of its whole attraction, playing a vital role in maintaining the lake’s bountiful beauty of lush greenery and large gardens of thriving flora and fauna.
A habitat for Sri Lanka’s diverse animal life, whilst strolling around the premises of the lake, one could vividly see the electrifying colours of many birds fluttering here and there and finally soaring above you. A place known for its rich birdlife, the many islands located in the area serve as a nesting ground for its myriad of water birds. A true animal habitat, the islands also acts as a breeding ground for birds of prey, those which are shore based.
A haven for bird-watchers, the lake is surrounded by an air so still, you can only hear the soft sounds of the natural surroundings, from the gentle lapping of the water to the whispering noises of the swaying trees. A tranquil oasis, it is undoubtedly a surreal vision to the eyes, one that is filled with mangroves and lagoons.
Offering its visitors unrivalled sights of marine bio-diversity, wildlife enthusiasts will find the eco system a delightful experience. Guided tours on the lake can be easily arranged where one can visit Modolduwa, the home of Sri Lanka’s prolific author, the late Martin Wikremasinghe. The island is most famous among locals, where travellers are able to see the Sinhala author’s original house. Still standing still, the remains of the house are where the illustrious writer penned down what is known among locals as the most fascinating and captivating stories, all which are firmly based on the typical southern culture of Sri Lanka. Another island that could be visited is the Cinnamon Island. An intriguing sight for the travellers, visiting the island will reveal a community of village folk, who make their living by planting and harvesting cinnamon. Done based on a traditional manner, the art of planting and harvesting followed by the village folk have been passed on from one generation to another for many years. In addition, travellers can visit the Buddhist temple on the lake and even embark on a fishing trip on a catamaran where you can catch crabs and prawns.
Considered as one of the most environmentally rich, beautiful attractions in the southern coast, Koggala Lake is truly astounding. Those who are interested in travelling to Sri Lanka to witness such a delight have many Sri Lanka hotels to choose from. However, if you are searching for Galle resorts then Jetwing Kurulubedda would be the ideal place offering its visitors the best comforts for an exceptional vacation.