Private Day Tour: Lunuganga, Madu River and Kosgoda from Negombo
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Private Day Tour: Lunuganga, Madu River and Kosgoda from Negombo
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Private Day Tour: Lunuganga, Madu River and Kosgoda from Negombo

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Stop At: Lunuganga, Dedduwa Lake, Bentota 80500 Sri Lanka

Lunuganga estate is the brainchild of the late architect Geoffrey Bawa (23 July 1919 – 27 May 2003). This country home was his very first muse and his experimental laboratory; while remaining his go-to place for rest and relaxation as his fame increased throughout the years. Designed with the whimsical beauty and eccentric style typical of Bawa; the estate is filled with with a number of art and artifacts from all over Asia and Europe.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area, Balapitiya Sri Lanka

Maduganga. 11/12/03; Southern Province; 915 ha; 06 18'N 080 03'E. A mangrove lagoon joined to the sea by a narrow canal and containing 15 islands of varying size, some of which are inhabited. It is formed of two shallow waterbodies, Maduganga and smaller Randombe Lake, connected by two narrow channels. On the islands and shores relatively undisturbed mangrove vegetation contains a rich biodiversity qualifying the wetland for 7 Criteria of International Importance. Many globally/nationally endangered, endemic and rare species - e.g. Shorea affinis, an endemic and endangered plant, Mugger (Crocodylus palustris) vulnerable (IUCN Red Book) and CITES-listed Purple-faced Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus), endangered, Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Flapshell Turtle (Lissemys punctata), Indian Python (Python molurus) find shelter here. The lagoon provides the breeding, spawning and fattening ground for many fish species and supports 1.2 % of the Little Green Heron biogeographical population. The cultural heritage is very prominent, with numerous ancient temples in the area and on the islands. Maduganga helps in flood control by storing water during monsoon rains and retains nutrient run-off from nearby cinnamon plantations. The major occupation of the local people is fishing and agriculture (cinnamon and coconut). Poaching of wild animals and waterfowl is unfortunately increasing, and extensive use of fertilisers and consequent abundant growth of invasive species, e.g. Najas marinas or Annona glabra, are factors of concern. Part of a Coastal Resources Management Project funded by the Dutch Government - ADB, with a management plan expected in 2006. Ramsar site no. 1372. Most recent RIS information: 2003

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of an English-speaking Chauffeur guide
  • 1 Boat Safari in Madu River.
  • 1 Liter water bottle per person.
  • Entry/Admission - Lunuganga
  • Entry/Admission - Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks.
  • Entrance fees where not specified.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Depending on the road traffic conditions allocated time will differ.
  • Experience
  • A first-hand view of the home of one of the most famous architects of Sri Lanka
  • Gain more knowledge about Sea turtles
  • Engaging touch pools with a chance to hold and feed sea turtles
  • A chance to enjoy the high bio-diversity wetlands of Balapitiya and see animals, birds and plants that call it home
  • A chance to visit a free-range fish massage parlor
  • An opportunity to buy fresh cinnamon right from where it is harvested.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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