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Galle and Bentota Day-Tour From Colombo

1. Galle and Bentota Day-Tour From Colombo

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.

From Colombo/Negombo : Bentota & Galle Day Trip

2. 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!

Sri Lanka: 7-Day Off-The-Beaten Path Tour

3. Sri Lanka: 7-Day Off-The-Beaten Path Tour

This 7-day Sri Lanka tour gives you a complete picture of Sri Lanka, from historical temples, rural villages, endangered mangrove forests, pristine beaches, wildlife parks, and scenery with waterfalls, mountains, and tea gardens in the hill country. Make an off-road jeep ride at Yala National Park and witness elusive leopards, bears, and elephants. The tour ends with an overnight stay at the popular West Coast Beach Resort, giving you time to relax. Day 1: Colombo-Sigiriya Meet your driver and proceed to your hotel in Sigiriya. Visit Dambulla Golden Temple and witness hundreds of ancient Buddha statues and paintings. Later, check-in at the hotel and leisure. In the afternoon, experience the perfect setting of an ancient rural village while attending a cooking class and making a catamaran boat ride. Day 2: Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa After a leisurely breakfast, climb the Sigiriya rock fortress and see the site of the palace of King Kassapa. Today, you can see his swimming pool, granite throne, and other ancient constructions. Later, proceed to Polonnaruwa and take the city tour. A 3-hour city tour gives you the opportunity to witness temples, Buddha statues, gardens, the king's place, and many other important monuments. Day 3: Sigiriya-kandy After a leisurely breakfast, proceed to the hotel in Kandy. En route, visit a spice garden. In the afternoon, visit Kandy City and take a walking tour, visit the temple of the tooth relic, Peradeniya botanical garden, and witness the Kandyan cultural show. Day 4: Kandy-Nuwara eliya After an early morning breakfast, head to Kandy railway station and board the train to Nuwara Eliya. The hill country train journey lasts about 4 hours and is one of the most scenic train trips in the world. Immerse yourself in the captivating mountain scenery along the way. Later, visit tea plantations and a tea factory and the Nuwara Eliya city tour follows. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya. Day 5: Nuwara Eliya-Yala After breakfast, head to the South Coast Wildlife Park, Yala National Park, and, en route, stop at Ravana Waterfalls and Sita Amman Temple. In the afternoon, go on an off-road jeep safari at Yala National Park and witness a large number of wild animals, such as leopards, elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears, wild buffaloes, etc. Overnight stay in Yala Day 6: Yala-Bentota After a leisurely breakfast, leave for the hotel in Bentota. en-route walking tour of Galle Fort and a slow-boat ride along the Bentota River and mangrove lagoon in search of crocodiles, monitor lizards, monkeys and other wildlife. Day 7: Bentota-Colombo Leisurely breakfast and leave for Colombo. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel or the airport after your Colombo sightseeing tour. The Colombo sightseeing tour includes Gangarama Temple, Simamalaka, Viharamahadevi Park, Cinnamon Garden, Independence Memorial Hall, Galle Face Green, and the town hall.

Galle Fort & Bentota Beach Day Tour From Colombo & Negombo

4. Galle Fort & Bentota Beach Day Tour From Colombo & Negombo

Clients will be pick up from Colombo transfer to Bentota ,client will be able do water sports at Bentata river ( Ex. Jet-sky, Banana boat ) at your own expense, This is the river that dividing Western Province & Southern Provence.  Next heading to Turtle Hatchery and touch baby Turtle , release then to the sea.       After Turtles transfer to enjoy Madu Ganga river boat safari , In this boat safari you will explore some extinct animal and fish , Aquatic plants & nice mangroves .  Also you will be able to have fish foot massage in the middle of the river ( payment direct by client )      Then visit Mithiyagoda  Moonstone Mine , you can experience the real miming process of Moonstone & aslo yon purchase real Moonstone half price in any wear else because it is a real factory . In the world there are few place have Moonstone. Mithiyagoda is one an only place in Sri Lanka.       Then departure to lunch at Hikkaduwa on the  Beach Restaurant can enjoy sea food as you wish at your own expense. If clients want can do Snorkeling or Scuba diving to enjoy sea Corals and fish.      Ater departure to Galle Dutch fort and explore all places at UNESCO heritage site of Galle Dutch Fort . Also you will be able to get stunning views at Galle Dutch fort. Aslo the sun set . After that return back to Colombo. Clients will be drop at same pick-up location.

Galle fort and Bentota Day-Tour From Bentota

5. Galle fort and Bentota Day-Tour From Bentota

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 Bentota.

From Kalutara: Madu River Safari & Turtle Hatchery Visit

6. From Kalutara: Madu River Safari & Turtle Hatchery Visit

09.00 am: Embark on a delightful journey with a pick-up from your hotel, heading towards Balapitiya. 10.00 am: indulge in a mesmerizing River Safari at Madu Ganga, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka's Southern Province. The Madu Ganga River Boat Safari takes you through the serene beauty of the Balapitiya neighborhood and the pristine 915-hectare coastal wetland environment, where the river meets the Indian Ocean. During the boat journey, you'll witness kraal fishing structures and fishermen in rowboats, as well as the graceful flight of pond herons and blue kingfishers, among other wetland birds. Explore a cinnamon island, pay your respects at Temple Island, and experience fish treatment during this enchanting boat excursion. 13.00: Visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda, where you can witness the conservation efforts for these majestic creatures. Learn about their life cycle and how the hatchery works to protect and release them back into the ocean. 14.00: your eventful day concludes as you proceed back to the hotel where you were picked-up, cherishing the memories of the scenic river safari, the turtle hatchery visit, and the enchanting experiences in Balapitiya and Kosgoda.

From Negombo: Bentota Full-Day Tour

7. From Negombo: Bentota Full-Day Tour

Begin your day at 8:00 AM at Madu River in Balapitiya for a boat safari. For one-hour, journey through the primitive depths of the mangrove marshes. Traverse the dark and dangerous caverns, formed by the thick mangrove forests, interspersed with stretches of bright open water.  The next destination is the Kothduwa Temple. This Buddhist temple is located on the island and is known as the Kothduwa Raja Maha Viharaya. The island is within the Madu Ganga Estuary. Madu Ganga is an archipelago of fifteen different islands and a lagoon. It is believed that a Relic of Lord Buddha was once sheltered in the Kothduwa temple circa 340CE.  Enjoy lunch then visit the Lunuganga Garden. Geoffrey Bawa was one of Asia's finest architects. He passed away in 2003. Lunuganga was Bawa’s country home. It sits in an enchanting atmosphere with glorious views. It is now managed by the Lunuganga Trust. Admire the home’s features and blissfulness. It is now run as a country hotel and the proceeds go to Negombo.

Negombo: Turtle hatchery, River safari, moon stone & Galle

8. Negombo: Turtle hatchery, River safari, moon stone & Galle

Embark on an enriching Galle day tour, a perfect blend of nature, culture, and history. Begin your day at a turtle hatchery, where you'll witness the remarkable conservation efforts dedicated to sea turtles. Engage with the hatchlings and learn about their inspiring journey to the open sea. Continue your exploration to a moonstone mine, immersing yourself in the fascinating world of these precious gems. Gain firsthand knowledge of the extraction process and the cultural significance of moonstones, appreciating their natural allure. Next, visit the Tsunami Museum, a poignant tribute to Galle's resilience in the face of natural disasters. Explore exhibits that narrate the community's strength and the impact of the 2004 tsunami, emphasizing the importance of remembrance. Conclude the tour by discover Galle, a city also on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th-century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting the Portuguese, Dutch, and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. See Galle lighthouse standing on the fort’s southeast tip. 

From Kalutara: Galle Dutch Fort & Madu River Safari Tour

9. From Kalutara: Galle Dutch Fort & Madu River Safari Tour

07.00: Embark on a captivating journey with a pick-up from your hotel, as you head towards the charming city of Galle. 09.00: Visit the historic Galle Dutch Fort, an architectural marvel built by the Portuguese in 1588 on Sri Lanka's southwest coast. With its 14 bastions, the fortress is an exquisite blend of European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. It stands as the best-preserved and most exceptional example of a fortified city built by Europeans in Asia. Recognizing its significance, Unesco designated the Galle Dutch Fort as a World Heritage Site in 1988. As you explore, you'll come across fascinating landmarks like the tower and lighthouse on the Utrecht bastion, built to commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1883, and the Baroque-style Protestant church erected in 1775 CE. 12.00: Proceed to Balapitiya 14.00 am: indulge in a mesmerizing River Safari at Madu Ganga, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka's Southern Province. The Madu Ganga River Boat Safari takes you through the serene beauty of the Balapitiya neighborhood and the pristine 915-hectare coastal wetland environment, where the river meets the Indian Ocean. During the boat journey, you'll witness kraal fishing structures and fishermen in rowboats, as well as the graceful flight of pond herons and blue kingfishers, among other wetland birds. Explore a cinnamon island, pay your respects at Temple Island, and experience fish treatment during this enchanting boat excursion. 16.30: Visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda, where you can witness the conservation efforts for these majestic creatures. Learn about their life cycle and how the hatchery works to protect and release them back into the ocean. 17.00: your eventful day concludes as you proceed back to the hotel where you were picked-up, cherishing the memories of the Galle Dutch Fort, scenic river safari, the turtle hatchery visit, and the enchanting experiences in Balapitiya and Kosgoda.

From Bentota: Galle Dutch Fort & Madu River Safari Tour

10. From Bentota: Galle Dutch Fort & Madu River Safari Tour

07.00: Embark on a captivating journey with a pick-up from your hotel, as you head towards the charming city of Galle. 09.00: Visit the historic Galle Dutch Fort, an architectural marvel built by the Portuguese in 1588 on Sri Lanka's southwest coast. With its 14 bastions, the fortress is an exquisite blend of European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. It stands as the best-preserved and most exceptional example of a fortified city built by Europeans in Asia. Recognizing its significance, Unesco designated the Galle Dutch Fort as a World Heritage Site in 1988. As you explore, you'll come across fascinating landmarks like the tower and lighthouse on the Utrecht bastion, built to commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1883, and the Baroque-style Protestant church erected in 1775 CE. 12.00: Proceed to Balapitiya 14.00 am: indulge in a mesmerizing River Safari at Madu Ganga, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka's Southern Province. The Madu Ganga River Boat Safari takes you through the serene beauty of the Balapitiya neighborhood and the pristine 915-hectare coastal wetland environment, where the river meets the Indian Ocean. During the boat journey, you'll witness kraal fishing structures and fishermen in rowboats, as well as the graceful flight of pond herons and blue kingfishers, among other wetland birds. Explore a cinnamon island, pay your respects at Temple Island, and experience fish treatment during this enchanting boat excursion. 16.30: Visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda, where you can witness the conservation efforts for these majestic creatures. Learn about their life cycle and how the hatchery works to protect and release them back into the ocean. 17.00: your eventful day concludes as you proceed back to the hotel where you were picked-up, cherishing the memories of the Galle Dutch Fort, scenic river safari, the turtle hatchery visit, and the enchanting experiences in Balapitiya and Kosgoda.

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It was great to be able to see the mangrove boat tour and Galle together. I used the car comfortably and safely. However, the option states that the safari boat tour for 2 or more people is $25, but the boat owner said it was $30 including a cinnamon drink and a meal, but I did not understand at all. If a single person is going to get $30 and a group of two is going to get $30, shouldn't those posts be removed from the site? I don't know if it's the owner's fault or if the information on the site is incorrect. Still, the program was enjoyable.

Rukhsan took us to Galle & he is an excellent driver/ guide. He took us around all the places and did not look at his watch to end the tour in a hurry. He is good and an honest man. We enjoyed our tour and I would highly recommend him.

It was a great trip, especially the boat tour. The vehicle and guide were great - even though I was alone on the tour, we got along really well! Gladly again at any time!!

Loved this boat trip and fish message were lovely and Galle Fort is amazing. My guide/driver was excellent

Great guide. Madu river cruise was awesome, great restuarants nearby too.