Madu River Safari


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Together with Randombe Lake to which it is connected by two narrow channels, Madu River forms a 915 ha shallow wetland with emerald green water in South-Western Sri Lanka. It is little known and seldom visited despite being the second largest wetland in the country with immense ecological and biological significance and was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in terms of the Ramsar Convention in 2003. The wetland is home to 303 plant species and and 248 species of vertebrates. Some of the sixty odd mangrove islets are inhabited by over 200 families whose main occupation is prawn fishing and cinnamon cultivation.

Here’s a pictorial record of my visit to Madu River Wetland on Friday 7 March 2014 from Kadolana Eco Village.

DSC_0439 Kadolana – Casting off at 7.30 am

DSC_0423 Prawn fishermen at their nets

DSC_0449 Family transport!

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