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01 Day

Highlights of the Tour

  • Experience The Madu River on a boat safari.
  • Visit a local cinnamon garden.
  • Learn about local wildlife at a Turtle Hatchery.
  • See stilt fishermen in action.
  • Visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda.
  • Explore the Galle Fort and surrounding area.

Tour Details

Discover southern Sri Lanka's coastal culture on this day trip. After being picked up from your hotel or any location in Sri Lanka, head to Balapitiya to board your Madu Ganga Mangrove 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. Then continue to a local Turtle Hatchery, where your guide will introduce you to the many local varieties of turtles.

After that, travel to Koggala to observe the stilt fishermen, who are some of the most iconic figures in Sri Lanka. Watch them as they fish and get the chance to learn how to fish for yourself from one of the fishermen. After that, stop for lunch at the restaurant of your choice before continuing to Unawatuna. Spend some time soaking up the atmosphere of the palm-fringed bays and picturesque coves of Unawatuna.

After that, travel to Rumassala Hill to visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda. It is a very famous scenic spot. The pagoda is white and solemn, and the surrounding scenery is beautiful with lush trees. It is a good place for photography enthusiasts.

After that, we leave for the coastal city of Galle. Enjoy a guided tour of Galle's renowned fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the Dutch colonial era. Later, wander through the maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with colonial period buildings and old merchant houses where generations of Moorish families still live. Visit colonial period churches, a lighthouse, and several museums. Along the way, stop for a cup of Ceylon Tea or fresh king coconut.

After discovering the fort, you will be returned to your hotel or drop-off location in the evening.