GALLE The Old Dutch City Day Tour
You will explore the UNESCO world heritage site, the Dutch Fort of Galle through this paddling tour. Enjoy the beauty of this small city at the tip of Indian Ocean.
per adult from
9 to 10 hours
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Entry/Admission - Sea Turtle Hatchery
- Entry/Admission - Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area
What's excluded :
- Fuel surcharge
- Entry/Admission - Hikkaduwa Beach
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Sea Turtle Hatchery, E.K.Sunil Fernando S.A.Rohan Chaminda, Urawatte, Ambalangoda 80300 Sri Lanka
Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery – Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).
The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more then 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Madu Ganga Biodiversity Area, Balapitiya Sri Lanka
Madu River Boat Ride – The 915 hectare Madhu Ganga Estuary is connected by two narrow channels to the Randombe Lake, forming a complex wetland system encompassing 64 mangrove islets. In the year 2000, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) undertook a detailed biodiversity survey of the region & revealed the existence of no less than 10 major wetland vegetation types supporting over 300 plant species & 248 species of vertebrates. This remarkable diversity has led to its being classified under RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands in 2003.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Galle, Galle, Galle District, Southern Province
Dutch Fort –The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort which is a “World Heritage Site” in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the “Tarshish” of the Old Testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord.
Today, the 90-acre Galle Fort shows no evidence of the Portuguese founders. The Dutch incorporated the Portuguese northern wall in a great rampart in 1663. A second, taller wall was built inside of it. Between the two walls, a covered passage connected the central bastion with the Fort’s two half bastions overlooking the sea.
The Dutch also installed a sophisticated drainage system, complete with brick-
lined underground sewers that were flushed twice a day by the high and low tides. The original gate to the fort was by the harbour. It is still there, marked by the British Coat-of-arms on the front and the Dutch V.O.C. (Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie) with the Coat-of-arms with a rooster crest, on the inner side of the Fort.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
Moon Stone – Then proceed to the village of Meetiyagoda near Ambalangoda is where the moonstone is found concentrated within an acre of land believed to have been blessed by the moon. The mysterious gem, captivating as a full moon gleaming in the night sky, is considered sacred & has appeared in jewelry for centuries. A mesmerizing interplay of light, known as schiller or adularescence, causes a silvery-white sheen to glide like veils of mist across the milky surface of the moonstone. Some believe that this moving light is evidence of a living spirit that dwells within the gem.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Hikkaduwa Beach, Hikkaduwa 80240 Sri Lanka
Hikkaduwa – Is one of the famous beach resorts in the south coast of the Island.
The beautiful Coral Reef in shallow water, protected by a rock formation is an excellent place for viewing the corals. Denizens of fantastically beautiful coral fish swimming among them attracts many for snorkeling, diving. Tourists interested in viewing them can do so from the comforts of a glass-bottomed boat.
Bright batiks, masks, jewelry and other crafts are sold all along Hikkaduwa’s Galle Road strip. Surfers find the break at Hikkaduwa to their fancy.
For those who are more adventurous can go for diving to the Black Coral Gardens, beyond the Coral Reef in deep waters, only deep divers could see and admire or they could go for wreck diving to several ship wrecks close to Hikkaduwa.
Several hotels are providing facilities for Deep Sea fishing trips and there are several Diving Schools with “PADI” Dive Masters conducting classes.
Duration: 45 minutes
Departure Point :1: Camelot Beach Hotel, 345 Lewis Pl, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
2: Goldi Sands Hotel, Poruthota Road Eththukala, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
3: Hotel Galadari, 64 Lotus Rd, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka
4: OZO Colombo, 36, 38 Clifford Pl, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
5: Mount Lavinia Hotel, 100 Hotel Rd, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
Traveler pickup is offered
At the hotel lobby
Departure Time :Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 11/20/2020 - 4/30/2021
Monday - Sunday: 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Infant seats available
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Organised by Rameca Travel and Leisure (Pvt) Ltd