NUWARA ELIYA / BENTOTA
(Approx. 210 km)
After breakfast enjoy a boat ride through mangrove forests to a cinnamon plantation at Madu River and visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda where turtle eggs are collected, hatched, baby turtles nurtured, numbered and released to the sea. Overnight stay at beach resort Bentota.
Madu River Boat Safari, 02 hours boat ride. A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animals, monkeys eating fruit in the trees, a water monitor lizard glides slowly through the water, and cormorants, egrets and kingfishers wait patiently on the banks, eyeing the water for prey.
The main occupations of the local inhabitants are producing cinnamon and prawn fishing if you take the trip in the evening you will see the fishermen in their canoes lighting lanterns to attract the shellfish into their traps.