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Your guide covers the highlights of Sri Lanka’s south coast on this day trip from Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia. Walk along the ramparts and cobblestone pathways that crisscross the Dutch Fort of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit a mask factory in the coastal town of Ambalangoda and take a memorable boat ride on the Madu River of Balapitiya, finishing at a turtle hatchery. You’ll learn about Sri Lankan culture and nature from a knowledgeable guide along the way.

Highlights

  • Sri Lanka south coast tour, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Explore the World Heritage–listed Galle Fort
  • Check out estuarine life with a boat ride on the Madu River
  • Discover mask making in Ambalangoda and visit a turtle hatchery
  • Enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant
  • Hotel transport available from Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia

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What You Can Expect

Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip

Balapitiya River

Customer Reviews

Delwyn N Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide for the day was Saneth...he was informative, compassionate and interesting.
I highly recommend this tour as it's also very hard to cover so much ground in a day.

kevin k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great!! Our guide didn't really speak English so we didn't learn anything about the Dutch Fort. Maybe a printed handout would be helpful. Our guide stopped at a silk factory and moonstone mine as well. The boat ride in the Mangroves was fantastic!! We also really loved the turtle hatchery! Highly recomm nod this tour.

Dermie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great driver. Wonderful tour! Such rich history

Dean

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Long drive but it was a fun day

Erickson M Philippines

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

Certainly worth doing when you're in Colombo. Here's why i only rated it 3 stars:

The good:
1. My driver was very professional, polite, and knowledgeable. He was also a very calm driver despite the craziness of the other drivers around him.
2. The Old Dutch Fort reminded me of Manila's Intramuros, although the former was much well preserved. Nice to see how they lived back in the day.
3. My favorite was the visit to the sea turtle hatchery. They're doing a great thing there.
4. the river cruise was 'ok.' We didnt see much wildlife although the visit to the small buddhist temple was fun.
5. Sri Lankan's are very friendly. At least every one i met on this trip.

The bad:
1. We felt pressured to buy something or give a donation, and this was in every single place we went to, including the Moonstone mines not part of the itinerary but we were brought there, which was a good thing, but once you're there, you're pressured or coerced to buy something. So when you go on this trip, make sure you budget for these incidentals.
2. Lunch - the lunch was part of what you paid for. They just started cooking when we got to the restaurant we we waited for an hour for our food. And this was around 130pm already, and we were already very hungry, so we ended up eating around 230pm.

Overall, i dont regret going on this trip. In fact, I'm very glad i did. I just wont push it to my friends though.

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