The Pre-Event Tour: River Safari with Turtles!

Madu River Safari and Turtle Hatchery Visit


The best networking happens naturally. The HI Design Tour is a bit of fun that gives you the chance to get to know some of the other HI Design-ers better before the event officially starts. It gets you off to the best start possible and comes highly recommended.

If you fancy a relaxed cruise through beautiful scenery and you like turtles, this one’s for you!

Pick up is 9am from the hotel on 6th March so you’ll want to be there a day early – speak to Charlie if you need to book an extra night at the hotel.

First stop is Balapatiya, 80km from Colombo amidst 900 hectares of wetland. We’re gonna need a boat. We’ll supply that but you’ll need to bring your own sunglasses and hat. From here we’ll go on a river boat Safari, exploring some of Madu Ganga’s 64 islands and huge mangrove forests, one of which forms a tunnel which we’ll pass through. Keep your eyes peeled for the many exotic birds and animals who call this home. You’ll also spot the locals doing what they’ve been doing for generations such as fishing and cinnamon pressing.

Next stop is the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Can you guess what happens here? All five species of turtles that visit Sri Lanka nest here in Kosgoda. We’re told it’s very hands-on so you can expect to get involved at some stage of nursery care for the endangered young hatchlings. It’s all about having some fun and an appreciation for nature. Donations, naturally, are always welcome. It all helps to ensure viable nesting and feeding populations for these magnificent ancient creatures.

Then it’s back to the hotel in time for a break and freshen up before the Welcome Buffet Reception.

Cost is US$55 per person, payable on checkout.

It’s on a first-come-first-served basis so please get in touch with Charlie today to book your place(s).


Here’s the itinerary:

6th March 2019

0900HRS – Pickup at hotel lobby after breakfast
1100HRS – Madu Oya Boat Ride
1230HRS – Visit Turtle Hatchery
1300HRS – Leave for lunch
1315HRS – Lunch at a local Restaurant /Hotel
1415HRS – Depart to Colombo
1700HRS – Reach Colombo

Cost Includes:
Transfers in air-conditioned coach
English speaking Guide
Boat safari
Visit to Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
Water bottles throughout the tour