Tour Name

SOUTHERN ESCAPES

Days

Full day Excursions

What can be seen- The Ramparts; National Museum of Galle and the National Maritime Museum; All Saints’ Church; the Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Natural Harbour; Old Lighthouse; the English gate built by the British in 1873; the Dutch gate where the British Court of Arms is seen carved on the outer side and the VOC monogram on the inside of the stonework; the Dutch prison; Dutch houses; the Dutch ‘factory’ and hospital that have now been converted into government offices. Mask Factory in Ambalangoda.Admire various birds, the water warans, even crocodiles and the mindblowing mangroves. Visit a cinnamon farmer, an ancient temple on a small island, a fish farm and the marvellous floating red and white lotus flower fields & Turtles.


What to wear / bring - Comfortable clothes, hats/caps, camera, insect repellent, sun block.



Itinerary 


You will be picked up from your beach hotel and then transfer to Galle and visit Dutch Fort. Galle Fort was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.


On completion of this tour, you will be transferred to Ambalangoda.

 

Ambalangoda is most famous for its exquisite collection of native masks, carved throughout the generations of professional carvers from the region. Tourists should be aware of the variety of masks available for sale, as the current productions are more garish and vibrant in colour, and specially made for alluring the novice buyer. The traditional masks are dyed with natural ingredients and have a more patent appearance with minimal glossing. Antique thovil (devil-dance), parade and superstition-relieving masks are of great value for the tourist seeking a memorabilia of the local culture.

 

On completion of this visit, you will be transferred to Balapitiya. Discover the unique beauty of MADU GANGA nature on a boat trip. Admire various birds, the water warans, even crocodiles and the mindblowing mangroves. Visit a cinnamon farmer, an ancient temple on a small island, a fish farm and the marvellous floating red and white lotus flower fields.


Established in 1981, the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is a place where the turtles are breed and preserved from being totally extinct form Sri Lanka. Operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka, this hatchery is doing a great job by protecting the turtles from fishing, pollution, habitat loss and hunting. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery even pays the fishermen who collects the eggs from the beaches and brings it to them.The visitors can see the new born turtles in the containers and can even be a part of the process of releasing them in the sea. This organization has been undertaking many initiatives to protect the turtles from being accidentally killed by the fishing hooks. They have even distributed thousands of turtle friendly hooks to the fishermen to fulfill the purpose.

Note-This full day excursion can be done only for the guests who are staying at the southern beach hotels from Colombo to Mirissa.