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Galle Day Tour with River Safari,Sea Turtle & Tea Plantation

1. Galle Day Tour with River Safari,Sea Turtle & Tea Plantation

This is an ideal excursion to explore the charms of Galle Dutch Fort & Sri Lanka’s southwest coast on a day trip with an expert driver-guide including unique experiences such as Turtle Hatchery, Mangrove River safari, Tea Factory & Plantation. UNESCO-listed 17th-century built Galle Fort is a Site built by the Portuguese in 1588 and further fortified by the Dutch in the years after. Finish the day with stilt fishing, a method of fishing unique to Sri Lanka. Witness this incredible skill in person before it dies off. The tour concludes with drop-off back at various southern coast locations. Attractions & Activities • Bentota River Safari • Herbal Garden • Turtle Conservation Project • Tea Plantation & Factory • Mini Gem Museum & Showroom • Dutch Fort Galle Tour Starts from pick-up points at 6.00am, 6.30am, 7.00am, 7.30am This is an All Inclusive package & No hidden costs

From Colombo: 8-Day Private Tour of Sri Lanka with Transport

2. From Colombo: 8-Day Private Tour of Sri Lanka with Transport

Day 1: Airport to Sigiriya / Dambulla welcome by our English-speaking driver from hotels at Colombo and drive to Sigiriya on the way Visiting Dambulla Golden cave temple Evening Minneriya, Kaudulla, or Hurulu Eco national parks 4x4 safari according to Elephant’s availability Overnight at Sigiriya Day 2: Sigiriya to Kandy Earlier morning climb Sigiriya Rock before sun become rough which is suitable for pictures and climbing to the top and back to the hotel for breakfast after driving to Kandy on the way, Nalanda Gedige, Mathale Spice garden (only for a visit), Gem Museum and Workshop, & Hindu temple later Kandy city tour Evening View the traditional Kandyan Cultural Dance Performance and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic Overnight at Kandy Day 3: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, drive to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya (Kandy) Later to Nuwaraeliya on the way Ramboda Falls, Tea Plantation, and Tea Factory after that Nuwara Eliya City Tour Overnight at Nuwara Eliya Day 4: Nuwara Eliya to Ella After Breakfast Drive to Visit Gregory Lake and Victoria Park Garden after 12.40 train ride to Ella do the gorgeous panoramic view train Evening Climbing Little Adam’s peak Ella Overnight at Ella Day 5: Ella to Tissamaharama / Yala National Park After Breakfast Drive to Tissamaharama on the way visiting Rawana waterfall and Buduruwagala Rock Temple Evening 4x4 Safari in Yala National Park Safari (most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean) Overnight at Tissamaharama Day 6: Tissamaharama to Mirissa After breakfast drive to Mirissa on the visit snake farm Evening Leisure at the beach resort. Overnight at Mirissa Day 07: Mirissa Earlier morning 6.30 AM whale watching from Mirissa. come back to hotel and travel to Bentota and visit Sea Turtle Hatchery & Rescue Center and Later visit Galle Dutch Fort (Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards) and Madu river boat safari Leisure at the beach resort. Overnight at Mirissa Day 8: Time to Say Bye Mirissa to Colombo or Negombo Wake up to a freshly-prepared breakfast at the hotel and then get ready to check out as it’s time to say ‘Goodbye’ to Sri Lanka. You will be transferred to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo or Negombo for your onward journey back home

From Colombo/Negombo : Bentota & Galle Day Trip

3. From Colombo/Negombo : Bentota & Galle Day Trip

We will pick up from Colombo or Negombo and drive down south to explore the historic Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site. Wonder through the charming cobblestone streets, visit boutique shops, and admire the colonial architecture. Walk along the ramparts. Take a leisurely stroll along the old ramparts of Galle Fort for panoramic views of the ocean, surrounding landscapes, and the city itself. Next, we will visit the turtle hatchery. Sri Lanka is home to several sea turtle hatcheries and conservation projects dedicated to protecting these endangered creatures. These hatcheries play a crucial role in ensuring the survival of sea turtles by protecting their nests, incubating their eggs, and releasing the hatchlings into the ocean under controlled conditions to improve their chances of survival. After that, drive to Bentota and enjoy your lunch. Go on a wonderful boat ride down the Madu River, with its flourishing ecosystem. Pass through the secretive passages created by the mangroves. See the basking crocodiles and water monitors. Visit one of the small islands with its cinnamon-harvesting natives. Enjoy the restorative qualities of the famous fish massage. Observe the water birds in their natural habitats. En route to Bentota, we will visit the Moon Stone Mine and Mark Museum. Take a trip to the nearby moonstone mines in Meetiyagoda to learn about the traditional methods of mining and cutting these beautiful gemstones. After this unforgettable journey, you'll be safely returned to your Colombo hotel. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, culture, and history!

From Bentota: 2-Day Tour to Wild Wonders and Galle Fort

4. From Bentota: 2-Day Tour to Wild Wonders and Galle Fort

Day 1: Bentota-Weherahena-Yala Upon starting your journey at 4:00 AM from your hotel in Bentota, you will be met by your designated chauffeur guide. After exchanging formalities at your hotel, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle in which you will proceed to Yala. En-route, visit the Mirissa fisheries harbor, and partake in a whale watching tour. Whale watching in Mirissa is one of the most sought-after activities in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is one of the best places to spot blue whales after a short period of time from the harbor. Mirissa is one of the best places to see not only blue whales but also sperm whales and dolphins. Visit Weherahena Poorwarama Raja Maha Viharaya is situated in the Matara District of Sri Lanka, about 6 kilometers from Matara town. This unique temple is known as the first tunnel temple in the world. The temple hosts a massive 130-foot Buddha image that was built following the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa eras. It also consists of all the main features of a Buddhist temple, such as the pagoda, a sacred bo-tree and a Samadhi Buddha statue. Following this tour, you will proceed to Yala National Park, one of the best national parks in the world to spot leopards. Here you find a large concentration of leopards in a small geographical area. Yala is home to many species of wild animals such as leopards, elephants, crocodiles, and monkeys.  Day 2: Yala-Galle-Hikkaduwa Early in the morning, you will proceed to Yala National Park to go on a lovely jeep safari. Yala National Park is the second largest on this island based off the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. You will get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bears and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Later, visit the Galle Fortress and Hikkaduwa Beach. Galle Fortress is the best preserved Dutch fort in Asia, and it is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites on the island. The Dutch Fort is a fortified city built in the 1600's and is home to hundreds of houses, palaces, shops, churches, museums, bars, pubs, hotels and much much more. On completion of this day, you will begin your journey back to your hotel in Hikkaduwa.

From Colombo: Virgin White Tea and Galle City Tour

5. From Colombo: Virgin White Tea and Galle City Tour

Start with pickup at your hotel in Colombo at 8:30 AM. Ensure that you bring a packed breakfast with you if you are unable to have your meal at the hotel. Visit your first destination, the Handunugoda Tea Factory at approximately 10:30 AM. The factory is famous for its Virgin White Tea, which is one of the most expensive teas in the world. The tea is plucked and made without being touched by humans, partially following an ancient Chinese tea-plucking ritual. Take a tour around the factory and be given an opportunity to try and buy Virgin White Tea, along with many other tea types. Handunugoda is also one of the only tea factories in Sri Lanka which is close to the coast. Depart for Galle city at 12:30 PM. Once you reach Galle, enjoy lunch at a restaurant of your choice, at your own expense. After lunch, join a local resident whose family has lived and worked in Galle for generations.  Galle’s natural harbor has long been a hub of trade dating back to ancient times. Take a guided walk through Galle’s historic 17th-century Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle Fort covers nearly 4 square kilometers and is protected by 12 bastions and connecting ramparts and is one of the best-preserved forts of its kind in Asia. Wander the maze of narrow cobblestone paved roadways lined with colonial period buildings still in use today. Walk along the sturdy ramparts looking out to sea and visit colonial period churches, the lighthouse and museums. While in Galle stop by for a cup of Ceylon tea or fresh king coconut. After about 2.5 hours of discovering the city, travel back to Colombo where you will be dropped at your hotel around 7:00 PM.

Galle Fort: Guided Walking Tour

6. Galle Fort: Guided Walking Tour

You will start your tour at the entrance to the Fort, where you will be met by your host at 4:30 pm. Your guide and host is a local who has been a resident of Galle his whole life, along with his ancestors. His masterful knowledge of the town and its history will show you the layers below the colorful beauty of Galle. The natural harbor of Galle was famous as far back as 1400 BC. At that time it was one of the main ports in the world from which cinnamon was exported. The arrival of the Portuguese marked a change in the history of the town. They made Galle their headquarters and destroyed many important monuments which were in the area. The initial earth and palisade fort built by the Portuguese was expanded on by the Dutch, after their takeover of the Portuguese assets in the 17th century. The Dutch Fort was highly advanced with high stone ramparts and many bastions. They also built many other buildings for administration and residency. The Dutch made renovations to the streets and added advancements such as storm water drains. Today much of the Dutch fort still stands, contradicting the ravages of time. The history seeped streets of Galle retain their life and originality. You will be able to climb up to the ramparts of the fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and walk through the streets. The delicate filigreed roofs and old street signs with Dutch names add to their character. Your host will also take you on a tour to the museums which have many antiquities relating to the history of Galle and its harbor. Your walking tour will also take you to the Galle lighthouse which was built by the British. Along the way you will take a break with a cup of fine Ceylon Tea or a refreshing drink of King Coconut milk. Your walk will be completed back at the Dutch Fort at 6:30 pm.

Kalutara: Turtle Hatchery Visit, Boat Safari, and Galle Tour

7. Kalutara: Turtle Hatchery Visit, Boat Safari, and Galle Tour

The tour begins at 8:30am with pickup from your hotel and travels out of Kalutara towards the south-west of Sri Lanka. Arrive at the first stop of the day, Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, at around 9:30am. At the hatchery, learn about the 5 endangered sea turtle species that come to the shores of Sri Lanka to nest, and learn how the Kosgoda Turtle Care Program helps protect these nests until they are ready to hatch. At the hatchery, enjoy the unique opportunity to see, touch, and feed baby turtles as well as injured adults. After about an hour at the hatchery head to the bustling coastal town of Balapitiya for a boat safari along the vibrant Madu River. Enjoy a 30-minute cruise on the river learning about and admiring its flourishing ecosystem. On the boat, pass through secretive passages created by the mangroves and see basking crocodiles and other river wildlife. Next, visit one of the river’s small islands known for its cinnamon harvesting natives, then experience the restorative qualities of the infamous fish massage. At approximately 1pm take some free time to grab lunch and energize for the rest of the afternoon’s activities. Arrive in the city of Galle by 3pm and set out on a sightseeing exploration of this Old Colonial location. Discover the streets and landmarks of Galle, bursting with history, where Portuguese and Dutch settlers made their headquarters. Visit the Galle Fort, which is one of the best preserved fortifications in Asia, then admire the architecture of the Maritime Museum, Galle National Museum, and the local lighthouse. At the end of an insightful day, the tour finishes at 5pm and you will arrive back at your hotel at around 6:30pm.

From Galle: Morning or Evening Beach Safari by TukTuk

8. From Galle: Morning or Evening Beach Safari by TukTuk

09:30: You will be picked up from your hotel in Galle or Unawatuna. 09:45: Start your exciting day with one of the expert TukTuk driver guides in Galle. Your guide will drive you to the first place in your itinerary; the Spice Garden on Koggala Lake. There you will be taking part in a short tour around the Gardens where you will see the spice plantations and will be able to learn more about the spices of Sri Lanka. 10:45: Your next stop will be the glimmering white Peace Pagoda on Rumassala. According to the Hindu literary classic Ramayana the hillock is believed to be the legendary piece of Himalayas believed to have been dropped by Hanuman. 11:30: You will be stopping by the little known Jungle Beach with its clear waters that are perfect for swimming. 12:00: You will be taken to see a Sea Turtle Hatchery and Rehabilitation Center. You will be able to learn more about how the eggs are collected and hatched safely in order to protect them from predators. 12:45: You will be driven to Koggala Beach. Along your way you will be able to see many stilt fishermen and can stop to talk to them and take some photos. 13:00: Arrive at Koggala Beach. You will be able to relax there and sunbathe for a while. 13:30: You will be visiting a local village lady named Debbi, who will make some of her mouthwatering delicacies for you to feast on. 14:30: You will be taken back to your hotel.

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