The Madu Ganga River is an exceptional ecosystem that is bursting with biodiversity. Found in the southern reaches of Sri Lanka, a trip along this amazing river is sure to net you some amazing sights and lasting memories.
Tour the Wetlands
Most major Ahungalla hotels – for example, the Heritance Ahungalla – will recommend a safari tour along the Madu Ganga River on their itinerary list. Don’t pass up on this opportunity, the landscapes and habitats alone that you’ll encounter make the trip worth it. The area surrounding the river is all swampy marshlands covered in mangrove forests – a haven for all manner of wildlife.
Meet the Wildlife
Being one of the most biodiverse regions in Sri Lanka, the swamps and wetlands surrounding the river contains over 300 different species – 19 of which are endemic. As you cruise along, keep your eyes fixed on the water’s surface for the tell-tale eyes and nostrils of the mugger crocodile! The area is also teeming with all manner of avifauna, so have your binoculars ready!
Visiting the Islands
Along the Madu Ganga River, you will find several islands that act pitstops and even small settlements for the locals. One of the largest islands actually holds a Buddhist temple. This can be an excellent location to visit and get a feel for the local culture.
Get a fish massage!
As your safari winds down, ask your tour guide if you can get a fish massage! This is quite a common treatment that’s popular in many Southeast Asian countries. Essentially, you dip your feet or hands into a pool of water full of fish and let them nibble away – it’s quite the relaxing experience actually!