Day trip

From Kalutara: Lunuganga Estate, Turtles and Madu River Tour

From Kalutara: Lunuganga Estate, Turtles and Madu River Tour

From US$ 60 per person

See the strange, yet beautiful Lunuganga estate, home of Sir Geoffrey Bawa, and its surrounding gardens. In addition, visit a fascinating turtle hatchery and glide down the stunning Madu River.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Get a first-hand view of the home of one of the most famous architects of Sri Lanka.
  • Gain more knowledge about sea turtles.
  • Enjoy the diverse wildlife of the wetlands.
Full description

Check out some of Sri Lanka’s most gripping scenery while experiencing firsthand the flora and fauna of this stunning region. Marshy wetlands, river islands, baby turtles and fish foot massages await you in this sultry, exotic wonderland.

First stop: Bawa’s estate in Lunuganga. Sir Geoffrey Bawa, the renowned lawyer-turned-architect, made this place his country home and experimental lab from 1947 till his death in 1998. See the surrounding exotic gardens of this partial country inn, as well as Bawa’s many architectural additions.

Next stop: Kosgoda for an exciting visit to a real turtle hatchery. Learn about the conservation of sea turtles and dip into touch pools, deep tubs of seawater where curious guests can actually handle the baby versions.

Proceed to Balapitiya and enjoy a lovely boat safari on Madu River. This is a high biodiversity zone that relies on the lagoon created by the river as it flows into the Indian Ocean. See the dense mangrove forest that grows along the marshy banks of the river, as well as several free-standing islands.

On one such island you will find an old Buddhist monastery. The locals work harvesting cinnamon, and here you can experience the famous fish massage at a ‘massage parlor’, or hut on stilts. Relax while the fish work their magic on your toes. Afterwards, stop for lunch on your way back to Kalutara.

Includes
  • Expert chauffeur tour guide
  • 1 Liter of bottled mineral water per person
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food or Drinks
  • Entrance Fees (Lanuganga, Madu River, turtle hatchery).
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • 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 must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
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