Southern Coast Highlights from Colombo Port (Private Day Tour)
(SKU : LK81010700) This tour has two of the most unique experiences in the south coast of Sri Lanka. The tour of Handunugoda Tea Factory which is one the only tea factories in Sri Lanka that is located closer to the beach and a guided tour of the Fort of Galle, its ramparts and parts of the original town that have importance; An original experience with a local resident whose family has lived and worked in Galle for generations.
- Handunugoda Tea Factory
- Galle Fort
- Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English-speaking chauffer guide.
- Authentic sea food lunch.
- 1-Liter of bottled mineral water per person.
- All Taxes & Service Charges.
- Entrance Fees where not Specified.
- Food and drinks.
- Gratuities (Optional).
- Expenses of personal nature.
What to Expect
You will be picked up at the gates of Colombo Port by 0700 hrs. Ensure that you bring a packed breakfast with you if you are unable to have your meal.
You will reach your first destination, Handunugoda Tea Factory by approximately 0930 hrs.
Handunugoda Factory is famous for its Virgin White Tea, which is one of the most expensive teas in the world. The tea is plucked and made without being touched by humans, partially following an ancient Chinese tea plucking ritual. You will be guided around the factory and given an opportunity to try and buy the Virgin White Tea, along with many other tea types. Handunugoda is also one of the only tea factories in Sri Lanka which is close to the coast.
After that you will be leaving for Galle city by approximately 1230 hrs. Once you reach Galle, you will be having lunch at a restaurant of your choice.
By approximately 1430 hrs go on a walk through Galle’s historic 17C Dutch Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle’s natural harbour has long been a hub of trade dating back to ancient times. The accidental arrival of the Portuguese Lorenzo de Almeida in 1505, when his fleet of ships steered off course following a storm at sea, changed the history of this island nation. The Portuguese were followed by the Dutch and then the British in 1796. With each occupation, Galle’s landscape changed and the cultural influences remained. Galle Fort covers nearly four sq. kms and is protected by 12 bastions and connecting ramparts.
Wonder the maze of narrow cobblestone paved roadways lined with colonial period buildings still in use and old merchant houses where generations of Moorish families still live. Take a walk along the sturdy ramparts looking out to sea and visit colonial period churches, the lighthouse, and museums. Along the way, stop by for a cup of Ceylon Tea or fresh king coconut. This fascinating excursion will give you a memorable glimpse into life within Galle Fort – one of the best-preserved Colonial Fort in Asia. After a nice two and a half hours spent experiencing its glory, you will be leaving Galle at 1630 hrs.
You will be taking two and a half hours to return to Colombo. Your vehicle will drop you off at 1830 hrs at Colombo Port completing your tour.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour. Drive time may change due to unpredictable road traffic. Photography stops on the way can be arranged but within locations with reasonable parking areas.