1 Day tour to south coast
1 Day tour
This is a private tour package, guest have the freedom of travel on location in a private vehicle.
Colombo – Galle (2hrs, 110km)
Start your journey at 7:30 am from Colombo. Pickup your breakfast from your hotel (at own cost) and head towards Galle.
The Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was first built in the year 1588 by the Portuguese. It was later extensively fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century during their rule.
It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which after more than 423 years still maintains a polished appearance mainly due to extensive reconstruction work done by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Within the Fort there are many places of interest that you can visit including a few museums, churches, old buildings and various shops and cafes.
Galle – Hikkaduwa (30mins, 22km) Hikkaduwa Boat Ride
After completion of journey then travel to Hikkaduwa. There engage in a boat ride to see the fishy residents of the reefs underwater. After compeletion continue to Ambalangoda.
Hikkaduwa – Amabalangoda (30mins, 25km)
En-route to Ambalangoda enjoy your lunch (at own cost). At Ambalangoda witness the talent of local craftsmen. Visit a Mask Factory and see how the renowned craftsmen of Sri Lanka create the world famous masks that have mystified and fascinated people for centuries.
Ambalangoda – Kosgoda (30mins, 15km) Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
In 1981 the Wildlife Protection Society established the famous Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery to protect Sri Lanka’s sea turtles from extinction. Fishermen used to walk along the sandy beaches at night and collect the turtle eggs. Initially, they were then sold to whoever would pay the highest price. Once the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery opened, the hatchery began paying the fishermen for the eggs. Visitors of the hatchery can see huge tanks filled with new born sea turtles. The baby turtles are fed and cared for until they are 2-4 years old. They are then taken to the sea and released during the safe hours of darkness. The main laying season is from October to April, but some eggs can be found in Kosgoda throughout the year.
Upon visiting the Turtle Hatchery, continue to Bentota.
Kosgoda – Bentota (30mins, 15km) Maduganga River Safari
In Bentota in go on a water safari in the Madu ganga River.
The Maduganga River is a shallow water body located in the south-west part of Sri Lanka, which falls into sea at Balapitiya. According to historic chronicles, the Buddhist Amarapura Nikaya 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 within this water body.
Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, this entire system forms the Madu Ganga Wetland. Its estuary and the many mangrove islets make up a complex coastal wetland ecosystem. It has a high percentage of ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to more 303 species of plants and to 248 species of vertebrate animals. It is also one of the last remaining mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. The inhabitants of these islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil.
The Maduganga Wetland was declared as a Conservation Project in 2003 by the Ramsar Convention which is an International treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of Wetlands.
After safari, begin return journey to Colombo.
Bentota – Colombo (1.5hrs, 85km)
Arrive in Colombo for the completion of the journey.