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Things To Do In Balapitiya – A Little Known Coastal Attraction

When it comes to the coastal towns in the south of Sri Lanka, Balapitiya is commonly overlooked. However, this town has so much to offer and it's a pity it is always overlooked.

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Take a safari down the Madu River

This is probably the most unique experience you can find in Balapitiya. The tiny town is where the estuary of the River Madu is located and the unique landscape has helped create many islands that are now interconnected by bridges and boats. Furthermore, there are groves of mangrove trees through which boats can pass which is certainly a matchless moment. These trees and the waterways create an ecosystem that houses a huge and diverse amount of birds and water creatures. Many of the islands also grow cinnamon and the boat safaris will stop by at these islands. Here you can gain insight into the making and the trade of cinnamon, a major spice exported by Sri Lanka. Most hotels in the area such as Amba Ayurveda Boutique Hotel can easily organize a safari down the river if you ask them.

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Get a pedicure... courtesy of the fish

Fish therapy involves making use of Garra rufa, also known as doctor fish, to nibble dead skin off an individual's skin. I am pretty sure you know that everyone has a layer of dead skin on their bodies. Well, these Garra rufas are excellent at removing these dead cell layers. This reveals newer skin that is much softer and better looking. Fish therapy is also attributed to lowering stress levels as the sensation of the fish on your feet is known to be quite relaxing. On the medical side of things, it is known to help those suffering from psoriasis. If you are staying at an Ayurveda hotel in Sri Lanka, chances are they might have it but if they do not, worry not as many other places in the town offer it.

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Puppetry Museum

The first of its kind in the country, Puppetry Museum was opened only on the twenty first of March of 2017. String puppetry has long been a major form of art in Sri Lanka and the museum aims to showcase the best of Sri Lanka's talent in the field while preserving the art form for forthcoming age groups. Many of the elaborate components required for an effective puppet drama can be found inside the museum while certain artworks can even be bought. While Sri Lanka has plenty of museums all over the country, the Puppetry Museum in Balapitiya is undoubtedly the most unique of all of them. Open from 9 AM to 6 PM, it definitely deserves a visit from any visitor to the town.

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Kowilawatta Temple

A historical temple that is unknown to most of the people, a visit here is enlightening, to say the least. The friendly monk at the temple will be more than happy to share the rich history and cultural value of the temple. Also, you can find many beautiful sculptures and other forms of art that depict the life of the Buddha.

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