Coastal Ride to Galle from Beruwala
this one-day tour takes you on a coastal ride of wild adventure and sublime relaxation. Explore the mangrove depths of the Madu River. Get that perfect tan on the white sands of Unawatuna. Enjoy walking over cobblestones steeped in history as you view the old city of Galle. See Moonstones Mines in Metiyagoda. Create an unforgettable and wonderful experience on your vacation.
- Visit Galle Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Madu River Boat Safari.
- Visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, Conservation and Research Center.
- Transport throughout the tour in a private, air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English Speaking Chauffeur.
- 1 Liter of Bottled Mineral Water Per Person.
- Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off.(from & to hotel in Beruwala / Aluthgama)
- All Taxes & Service Charges.
- Food or Drinks.
- Gratuities (Optional).
- Expenses of Personal Nature.
- Entrance Fees to Madu River Safari.
- Entrance Fees to Kosgoda Turtle Hatcher.
What to Expect
You will be starting your tour from Beruwala at 8:00 am. Your chauffeur will be picking you up from your hotel and driving you to Balapitiya. You will reach the Madu River by 09:00 am and will embark on a one-hour river safari.
This area of Balapitiya has a rich and dense ecosystem with swampy waters that support entire forests of mangroves, crocodiles, boars and marsh animals, and a large variety of waterbirds; including cormorants and pelicans. You will be traveling through secretive waterways created by mangrove tunnels and viewing tiny islands; some with temples or cinnamon pluckers, who you can buy fresh cinnamon from. You may also visit the fish massage parlor that stands on stilts, stretched over a portion of the river.
Once you have disembarked from your boat, you will be traveling to Unawatuna, which is a one-hour drive away. You will get there by 12:00 am and be spending an hour on the beach. You can bring a beach towel and some sunscreen if you wish to get a tan, or you can simply jog down the beach enjoying the fresh sea air, and bright warm sun. At 1:15 pm you will be heading to a hotel of your choice in Unawatuna to have lunch. There are quite a few hotels that serve great seafood too. You can select one according to your budget, as it will be at your own cost.
At 2:00 pm you will be proceeding to the city of Galle. You will get there by 2:30 pm and will be viewing the various attractions of this picturesque colonial-era city. Some of the most important places you will see are the Galle Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galle Lighthouse, the National Maritime Museum, the Dutch Reformed Church, and more; all while walking through beautifully historic cobblestoned streets with their Dutch names.
At 3:30 pm you will be leaving for Kosgoda. You will reach the Turtle Hatchery by 5:00 pm and will be spending a productive 30 minutes there. Five of the seven endangered sea turtle species from all around the world return to Sri Lankan shores to lay their eggs. You will learn more about these turtles and their life cycles. The turtle hatchery will show you the methods that are used to protect the eggs and baby turtles; which have a low rate of survival when left in the wild on their own. You will be able to see and hold some of the newly hatched babies which are due to be sent to the sea in the coming days, and possibly even see a fully-grown turtle or two which may be there to be treated for injuries.
At 5:30 pm you will be beginning your drive back to Beruwala. You’ll get back to the hotel by 6:00 pm, completing your tour.
- Comfortable Walking Shoes Recommended for this tour