Take a serene boat ride through Sri Lanka’s lagoons, rivers, or canals. On your boat safari, look for the special plants and animals that live in these peaceful backwaters, and enjoy the beauty of the landscapes and waterways.
At most of the lagoons in Sri Lanka you will find mangroves forests, which are essential for protecting Sri Lanka’s coast and coastal livelihoods – but unfortunately, they are also highly threatened.
Negombo Lagoon Tour
This amazing boat tour takes you along the smooth and tranquil waterways of the Negombo Lagoon. With fascinating views of majestic mangroves, swamps, coconut plantations and grassland, visitors can observe the enormous biodiversity of water birds, plants, and rich water ecosystems. Here you can most likely spot herons, egrets, gulls, cormorants, terns, and other shorebirds. You can also enjoy watching local fishermen engage in fishing in the lagoon, learn about their life on water and the fishing culture in Negombo.
Other than that, Negombo lagoon is one of the best places to enjoy the beauty of the Negombo sunset. It is worth spending an evening seeing the beautifully colored sky with evening sunlight.
Dutch Canal Boat Tour
Madu River and Lagoon Boat Safari
The Madu Ganga is a watercourse which originates near Uragasmanhandiya in the Galle District of Sri Lanka and leads through thick mangroves before widening into the Madu Ganga Lake at Balapitiya. The river then flows into The Blue Lagoon before draining into the Indian Ocean.
The Madu river and lagoon is an amazing area to do boat safaris, because of the picturesque landscapes, beautiful wildlife with many different species of birds, eco system, and biodiversity. In the early evening you can see the fishermen in their canoes lighting lanterns to attract the shellfish into their traps.