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Galle and Bentota Day-Tour From Colombo

4.8 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: Apple Vacations

Galle and Bentota Day-Tour From Colombo

Activity provider: Apple Vacations

From US$ 40 per person

Discover Sri Lanka’s Madu Ganga River Region on this boat safari tour. Visit a cinnamon garden. See stilt fishermen at work. Learn about local wildlife at a turtle hatchery, and explore the Galle Fort— a UNESCO heritage site.

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience The Madu River on a boat safari
  • Visit a local cinnamon garden
  • Learn about local wildlife at a Turtle Hatchery
  • Explore the Galle Fort and surrounding area
  • See stilt fishermen in action
Full description
After being picked up at your hotel, hop onboard your Madu Ganga Magrove boat safari and explore the Madu River. See the mangrove forests and marshlands that surround the river. Stop at a cinnamon garden, and try some of the area’s famous cinnamon. The Madu Ganga River region is home to some of the best quality cinnamon in the world as well as a flourishing cinnamon industry. Afterward, marvel at the fishermen who stoically sit atop large branches planted in the middle of the water waiting for their catch. Continue to a local Turtle Hatchery, where your guide will introduce you to the many local varieties of turtles. End your tour with a visit to the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fort illustrates the unique interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries. After discovering the fort, you will be returned to your hotel in Colombo.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking chauffeur/guide
  • Water bottle
  • Entrance fees
  • Madu River Boat Safari ($20-$25)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  The Madu River Boat Ride is $25 for solo travelers and $20 for passengers traveling together (groups of 2-3 passengers)
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking takes place during this tour
  • The duration of transfers are approximately 8 hours, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • The Turtle Hatchery entrance fee is USD 7 and the Madu River Boat Safari is USD 50 (up to 3 people)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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I highly recommend using apple vacations agency when you visit Sri Lanka! They offer a wide range of tours and packages to fit a variety of budgets. Our guide Niraveen and driver were on time and accommodating. This full day tour was lovely and enjoyable! Loved visiting the turtle hatchery center, the boat ride through the mangrove, and the place they took us for lunch was superb! Really trustworthy company!

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May 5, 2022

The guide showed up on time in the morning and he was very polite and informing. They took us to a very nice restaurant for lunch near the ocean and the food was delicious. Whole tour was satisfying with very nice views, herbal garden visit and boat tour on Madu River.

April 21, 2022

Our driver CJ was friendly,the car nice and clean and he sure knows his island well. He had all the answers to our questions. The highlight of the tour is definitely the boat ride (which is not included). Everything was organised perfectly and we got first class treatment. For lunch he dropped us at a nice restaurant at the beach. Very good food, but you can expect tourist prices. Sure we could have asked to go to another place. Very flexible and easy going. Same later on at the Fort in Galle. Nice views and a lot of interesting history there. The only thing that we skipped was the Turtle hatchery (entry not included) which turned out to be just an ordinary aquarium with sharks and some other sea animals as we arrived there. We expected something different. In my opinion this is especially made for tourists and kids. I mean, the whole building is a giant turtle. Overall it was a great day and we got a lot to see on our way.

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October 3, 2022

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