The Madu ganga river enters the sea at Balapitiya and is a stunning setting of winding waterways with pristine mangrove forests and many islands within. Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the Madu Ganga wetland. Its estuary and the many mangrove islets on it constitute a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. In has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to approximately 303 species of plants belonging to 95 families and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. The inhabitants of its islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil. The Buddhist Kothduwa temple is situated on an isolated island in the lake. The Maduganga Wetland was declared in 2003, in terms of the Ramsar Convention.
During your boat ride, you can see huge mangrove forest by the river banks. Boats will ride under short tunnel, which is made out of mangrove. You can see many birds and animals who are living in this aquatic environment. And yes, there ARE crocodiles – you might be lucky enough to hold a captive, baby crocodile.
Also can visit the The Kothduwa temple, or Koth Duwa Raja Maha Viharaya located on Kothduwa Island on the Maduganga River. It is a unique experience and monks use boats for transportation. On journey able to see some traditional fisherman and traditional Fishing Kraals (ja-kotu) set up to trap lagoon prawns. Madu Ganga River Safari.