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Maduganga River and Biodiversity Area Balapitiya

The Maduganga river is a shallow water body in south-west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea at Balapitiya.

The Buddhist Amarapura Nikaya sect had its first upasampada (higher ordination ceremony) on a fleet of boats anchored upon it in 1803. The Buddhist Kothduwa temple is situated on an isolated island in the lake.

Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the MaduGanga wetland. Its estuary and the many mangrove islets on it constitute a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. The water body is of high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance and is home to over 300 species of plants and nearly 250 species of vertebrate animals. It also has one of the most pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka.

The inhabitants of its islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil.



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Our Villas in Balapitiya

  • White Villa

    White Villa Balapitiya

    The White Villa is a five bedroomed villa set on a hillock overlooking a picturesque stretch of beach in Balapitiya on the West Coast. True to its name, the White Villa is a light and airy beach villa with a Mediterranean feel edged by the turquoise seas. This two-storey, tropical modern beach villa is designed with white washed walls and large glass windows that provides for uninterrupted sea views. Interiors are decorated with plush white sofas and contemporary local art. The White Villa can accommodate up to 10 guests and is rented to one party at a time on a villa only basis. There is a wide, 1km long virtually private beach.


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