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Things to do near Balapitiya – along the Madu river

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Boat Ride over Madu River

Boat Ride over Madu River

Taking a boat ride on Madu river will cost you almost a fortune, but it is fully worth it. You can spend one and a half an hour on the water. You can also visit the attractions on the way for a nominal fee. You will come across an island inhabited by snakes. Since the locals do not kill the snakes, they bring the creatures to this island. You will also get to see wildlife such as monitor lizards.

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Explore Madu River's Biodiversity

Explore Madu River's Biodiversity

There is more to Madu river than simply taking a boat tour and visiting attractions in the vicinity. You can do that while taking the boat ride. And remember to be cautious. You will find a lot of bridges across the river. You have to lower your head in such areas. You will be passing through the mangrove caves.
The mangroves are a sight to cherish. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot rare wildlife creatures in the mangroves. If you travel during the afternoon, remember to wear sunscreen. Best is if you can avoid afternoon, and take a ride either in the morning or afternoon.

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Cinnamon Island

Cinnamon Island

The best thing about this island is that you will be able to see how cinnamon is made. Enjoy this whole new experience while indulging in the welcome aroma of the cinnamon trees. In addition, you can buy cinnamon-based products as a keepsake. Although the prices may be exorbitant, it is fully worth it as such products are hard to find elsewhere. Sometimes such products are also available at many a Boutique Hotel. Sri Lanka promotes selling such products at hotels and other outlets.

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Kowilawatta Temple

Kowilawatta Temple

If you have an expert guide, you will get to know the history and related interesting stories about the temple. Located within five kilometres of The River House in Balapitiya, this temple offers anyone a reason to revisit. The temple has a stunning atmosphere giving you a calm and serene feeling. You can also choose to donate some amount to keep up maintenance of the temple.

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Ariyapala Traditional Museum

Ariyapala Traditional Museum

Located in Ambalangoda, a few kilometres away from Balapitiya, Ariyapala traditional museum is home to a number of Sri Lankan masks. Walk into this museum and you can get a lot of information about Sri Lankan masks. This is a resourceful place if you are interested in Sri Lanka's indigenous culture, legends and dance styles.

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