Madu River Wetland

Embark on a journey through the tranquil waters of the Madu River, a serene watercourse nestled in the heart of Southern Sri Lanka. Originating near Uragasmanhandiya in the Galle District, the Madu River meanders its way to Balapitiya, where it expands into the expansive Madu River Lake.

As you navigate along the river’s gentle currents, you’ll be immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the Madu River Wetland. This estuarine ecosystem, encompassing the Madu River Lake and the adjoining Randombe Lake, is adorned with lush mangrove islets, creating a rich and diverse habitat for a myriad of plant and animal species.

The Madu River Wetland boasts a remarkable biodiversity, with approximately 303 species of plants and 248 species of vertebrate animals calling it home. These pristine wetlands are not only ecologically significant but also hold immense biological and aesthetic value.

One of the distinctive features of the Madu River Wetland is its role as a hub for cinnamon production. The inhabitants of the islets within the wetland cultivate and harvest cinnamon, producing high-quality peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil, adding to the area’s cultural and economic significance.

In recognition of its ecological importance, the Madu River Wetland was formally declared a Ramsar site in 2003, under the Ramsar Convention. This designation underscores the need for conservation efforts to preserve the delicate balance of this unique coastal ecosystem.

Embark on a memorable voyage through the enchanting waters of the Madu River, where the beauty of nature unfolds at every turn, offering a glimpse into the pristine wilderness of Southern Sri Lanka.