Ancient Dutch Fort Tour and River Safari from Galle
(SKU: LK60040700) This tour has two of the most unique experiences on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Tour a city of Galle and visit the famed Galle Fort. The next place for your perusal is the highly engaging Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Finally, you will visit Balapitiya for the ultimate experience, the Madu River Safari.
- Visit the Sea Turtle Hatchery on the south coast.
- Go on a lovely boat ride in Madu River.
- Sightseeing tour inside the Galle City and Fort.
- Hotel Pickup and drop-off.
- Transport in an Air-Conditioned Vehicle with the service of an English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
- 1 Liter of Bottled Mineral Water Per Person.
- boat safari through the mangroves of the Madu river.
- Entrance Fees (Madu riverboat safari, Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery).
- Food or Drinks (Lunch).
- Gratuities (Optional).
- Expenses of Personal Nature.
What to Expect
You will be picked up from the hotel in Galle at approximately 0830 hrs. Ensure that you bring a packed breakfast with you if you are unable to have your meal.
You will reach your first destination, Galle to discover the city of the Colonial, where the Portuguese and Dutch made their headquarters, and it's secrets.
This coastal city has withstood three foreign invasions; during which time, it grew from a bustling port which was the main stop for ships traveling east, to a fortified and yet beautiful city with many monuments which have withstood the ravages of time. You will be able to view the Galle Fort which is a World Heritage Site, the Galle Lighthouse, the National Maritime Museum, the picturesque cobblestoned streets with their Dutch names, and many more colonial remnants. You will be finishing your city tour by approximately 1045 hrs.
After that proceed to Balapitiya. En-route you may stop and have lunch at a place of your choice. Thereafter at by approximately 1300 hrs go on a lovely Boat Safari Madu River.
Balapitiya is a little southern town lying in marshy wetlands. The area is a high biodiversity zone that relies on the lagoon created by Madu River as it flows into the Indian Ocean. Your safari will take you on a ride down the river. You will get to see the dense mangrove forest that grows along the marshy banks of the river and the forms of wildlife that call the roots home. Your guide will also take you some of the larger free-standing islands on Madu River. On one such island, you will find an old Buddhist monastery. Cinnamon harvesting is the main employment of the people of this area.
Another attraction of the safari is the famous fish massage. This ‘massage parlor’ is a hut standing on stilts in the middle of the river. A netted in the area contains the ‘massage fish’. You will be sitting on the deck of the hut with your feet in the water, while the fish work their magic.
After this relaxing boat tour, proceed to Kosgoda by approximately 1530 hrs and visit Turtle Hatchery.
Here, you will be spending 30 to 40 minutes getting to know about sea turtles and their conservation. The best part of the hatchery is the touch pools, deep tubs of seawater with baby sea turtles swimming in them. Visitors are allowed to pick up and handle then to some extent. There are also fully mature sea turtles of different kinds, receiving treatment for various ailments or wounds.
On completion begin your journey back to Galle by 1640 hrs. You will get back to the Galle port at approximately 1740 hrs completing the tour.
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour.