Sri Lanka Fort & Beach Tour
This 9 night itinerary, combines the discovery of the 400-year old Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with palm-fringed golden beachs on a journey that reveals surprises on Sri Lanka’s colourful south coast.
Explore the fascinating culture and history of Galle fort, the surrounding countryside and the marine wildlife from Mirissa Harbour from the tranquil and period styled base of the Amangalla resort.
Galle Dutch Fort, Whale watching, Eco Village tour, Mulkirigala Rock Temple, Turtle breeding beach in Rekawa
- 9 night’s hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep safaris)
- Small group touring
- Entrance fees
- Local English-speaking guides
- Return transfers
DAYS 1-3: ARRIVE / NEGOMBO
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International airport, you will be met by your chauffeur guide and transferred to Negombo (approx. 30 minutes drive). On arrival in the hotel, spend the day at leisure relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities. Spend one overnight at Jetwing Lagoon. Accommodation is in a Deluxe room with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.
DAY 2: NEGOMBO / GALLE
After breakfast drive to Galle via southern highway (approx.. 2hours drive)
In the afternoon you can proceed with a guided walking tour in the Galle fort built by the Dutch beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of the promontory that forms the older part of Galle. Described by the notoriously hard-to-please Paul Theroux as being ‘garlanded with red hibiscus and smelling of the palm-scented ocean,’ the Fort is an amazing collection of structures and culture dating back through the centuries. Just wandering the streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another. And be sure to take in the dramatic views of town and ocean from the encircling walls. Unesco has recognized the Galle Fort as a World Heritage Site.
Spend three overnights at Amangalla. Accommodation is in a Suite with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.
DAY 3: MIRISSA FISHERY’S HARBOUR
This morning after breakfast, you head to Mirissa Fishery’s Harbour where you board your specially adapted boat and head out off-shore to look for blue and sperm whales, found in these rich marine waters. This tour is designed to maximise your chances of seeing these incredible animals during their annual migration where blue whales in particular are seen relatively close to shore, as the continental shelf is narrow to the South of Dondra.
In addition to the whales, the area is also known to be home to dolphins and turtles and you will spend the morning searching for these fascinating creatures. Our operator here will not only offer you the chance for some fascinating marine encounters, but also follows a strict code of conduct set out by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. You then return to your hotel early afternoon.
Spend overnight at Amangalla.
DAY 4: GALLE
Today you can proceed with an Eco Village tour. This tour takes you meandering on a catamaran (a log boat, literally meaning a tied log) through mysterious mangrove vegetation, past an ancient temple to reach Eco Village, on the edge of Dodandoowa lagoon. Mangroves surround the lagoon, giving it a picturesque setting. The Eco Village has a beautiful conservatory with exotic plants and an aquarium, exhibiting different breeding habits of fish.
At Eco Village, experience a ‘Taste of Sri Lanka’ – a traditionally cooked Sri Lankan meal. Sri Lanka has long been renowned for its spices and each curry may have as many as ten different spices. Most Sri Lankan cooks do not follow a recipe and each cook’s curries are always different. The main dish is always steamed rice served with many different curries, most of which are cooked in coconut milk. Each of these curries have their own distinct taste: some lack chillie but are cooked in a thick coconut gray (white curries); some are seriously spicy and fiery with loads of chillie; some are fried. A particular Sri Lankan speciality is the ‘sambol’, a spicy salad, not for the faint-hearted! The result is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.
DAY 5 : GALLE / TANGALLE
After breakfast you will be met by your chauffer guide and driven for approximately 1 ½ hours to reach Amanwella
In the afternoon you can visit Mulkirigala rock Temple – Mulkirigala is an imposing rock with remarkable cave temples located 21km north from the town of Tangalle in the district of Hambantota. This enormous boulder known as ‘little Sigiriya” rises almost perpendicularly for over 200 metres out of the surrounding palm forest .Mulkirigala consists of a series of rock temples carved out of the face of a huge rock outcrop built in the 2nd Century. B.C. Mulkirigala Viharaya is a Buddhist temple complex that ascends and crowns the rock. It is a temple of great antiquity with fine murals. In these rock temples, the British colonial administrator, George Turner, discovered an ancient manuscript, Mahavamsa, the great chronicle, in 1826.
Spend five overnights at Amanwella. Accommodation is in an Ocean Suite with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.
DAY 6 : TANGALLE
Day is at leisure. Spend overnight at Amanwella
DAY 7 : TANGALLE / REKAWA / TANGALLE
Morning relax on the beach and late night visit the Turtle breeding beach in Rekawa.
Rekawa (7 km east of Tangalle on the southern coast of Sri Lanka) is a treasured location for all wildlife enthusiasts as it is home to turtles that come to nest. Protected by the Turtle Conservation Project since 1996, the sanctuary itself is quite distinct from turtle hatcheries as it protects the various nesting sites from predators.
Visitors are allowed to watch this moving ritual inscribed for millions of years in the genetic heritage of sea turtles. Turtles lay their eggs at night between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Turtle eggs also hatch during this time period. The best time to visit Rekawa is between January and July when an average of 17 turtles come ashore daily in Rekawa. They come in smaller numbers during the rest of the year. Of the seven species of marine turtles in the world, five of them nest in Rekawa and most of these are Green Turtles.
Spend overnight at Amanwella.
DAY 8 & 9 : TANGALLE
Spend rest of the days at leisurely enjoying with stunning Beach.
DAY 10 : TANGALLE / AIRPORT
After breakfast, proceed to Airport via southern expressway in time for your flight back home (Approx. 3 ½ hrs drive).Request This tour
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