Day Trip to Galle from Colombo

Have a magical day just outside of Colombo! Enjoy a private day trip to the colorful jewel of Galle and enjoy a boat safari at Madu River. You'll embark on a guided tour of its most important places of interest: discover the Galle Fort, one of the oldest fortresses in Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later fortified by the Dutch, you'll feel as though you're travelling back in time as you admire the incredibly well preserved ramparts. You can learn more about Sri Lankan culture as you watch the locals stilt fishing along the beautiful shoreline, a traditional method of fishing involving sitting on wooden stilts above the water. Truly unique!

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • All entrance fees
    • Entry/Admission - Madu River
    What's excluded :
    • Restroom on board
    • WiFi on board
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Madu River, Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka 941906362 Call And Contact, Balapitiya 80550 Sri Lanka

    The Madhu River of Balapitiya which originates near Polathupalatha at Uragasmanhandiya and flows into the ocean at the Balapitiya Delta is a marvelous creation of natural scenic beauty. The picturesqueness of Madhu River is further enhanced by the collection of islands which are by it. Its beauty is famed not only locally but also the world over. And Madhu River was declared as third remaining wetland in Sri Lanka by Ramsar convention in 25th February 2004 and was declared as Game sanctuary in 2006. With the end of the war in the North the number of local and foreign tourists visiting Madhu River to enjoy its scenic beauty is increasing daily. Many tourists entering the Southern Province through the Bentota Bridge never fail to take a Boat ride in Madhu River. The wetlands of Madhu River extends to 915 hectares of which an area of 770 hectares is under water. According to the residents in the area there had been 64 islands fed by its and today the number has dwindled to 25, Kothduwa, Maduwa, Galmanduwa, Naiduwa, Katuduwa, Medaduwa and Satha Pahaduwa are some of them. All these islands, except three or four are inhabited.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ariyapala Mask Museum, 426 Main Street, Ambalangoda 80300 Sri Lanka

    The Ariyapala mask workshop and museum in Ambalangoda has been in existence for about five generations now, and throughout all the years, the place has been run only by the family and still hasn’t been given to outsiders for care taking. They excel at making Sri Lankan traditional masks and veils, especially the ones you might see at Kandyan dance rituals or performances, even at the Perehera or religious dance festivals. The masks are made in a separate workshop using the wood from a fine Balsa wood. This wood is easier to carve and is softer than the others, thus the choice. After a process of cleansing, protection, and carving, the masks are then painted using natural dyes and colors to create the look you finally see at the store. We highly recommend a visit to this museum cum store to any visitor who ventures to this part of the island.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Galle Fort, Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

    Galle Fort is by far the most important tourist attraction in Galle. Spread over a humongous area of 36 acres, the fort is a settlement in itself which showcases the century-old culture and colonial heritage of Galle. A multi-ethnic population inhabits it, and a tour through the fort is sure to impress you with its majestic age-old architecture. It has managed to survive major tests of time, including the devastating Tsunami of 2004. It has now been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The site itself holds archaeological, historical as well as architectural significance, and it also has several attractions within its territory; from buzzing cafes, bookstores and restaurants to museums, gift and jewellery shops, hotels and offices built in the colonial-style architecture.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Stilt Fishermen Sri Lanka, Koggala Sri Lanka

    Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island country of Sri Lanka. Stilt fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods of Sri Lanka. Records indicate that it came into being just after World War II. This mode of fishing was more widely used all along the coast until the tsunami in 2004 which caused such activities to cease temporarily until recent years. The beautiful sight of fishermen perched branched poles as they fish skillfully during dawn, noon and dusk; can now be commonly along the southern coast in towns such as Koggala, Kaththaluwa and Ahangama. Though stilt fishermen make the activity seem easy and comfortable; stilt fishing requires much skill and balance. A vertical pole with an attached crossbar is embedded into the sea floor among the shallows, or on a riverbed. The crossbar allows the fishermen to be seated a couple of meters above the water causing minimal shadows on the water and hence little to no disturbance among-st the sea life. The stilt fishermen then use a rod from this precarious position to bring in a good catch of spotted herrings and small mackerels from the comparative shallows of the sea or from the river. They collect the catch in a bag tied to the pole or to their waist.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any hotel in ColomboAirports
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Wander-Lush Travels

Activity ID: V-211823P167

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