Galle Full-Day Tour
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Stop At: Weligama Fishtheraphy, 41, Kapuwatta Denipitiya, Matara 81730 Sri Lanka
Complete your Galle day tour with a visit to see the amazing Stilt Fishermen in Weligama. The fishermen sit on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole which is planted in the coral reef and the stilt with one hand while seated and carry out rod and line fishing with the other hand. The practice of stilt fishing started about 50 years after the end of the Second World War when fishermen found that fishing off the rocks that protrude over the sea was not enough to catch fish in large numbers, so they started planting discarded metal pipes into the reef and using them to lean against and fish. Over time the fishermen discovered that timber worked just as well as developed the poles into the more modern day versions that we see today. It is a unique sight to behold and one that should not be missed as we watch and marvel at Man's dexterity to overcome any hurdle.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Jungle Beach, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
climbed down toward the true destination of your day trip — Jungle Beach. Not another person in sight, just twin stretches of deserted sand trapped between the ocean and Rumassala Rock. Having just experienced the soul-crushing lameness of Unawatuna, this beach was exactly what we needed. Peace, solitude and gorgeous nature.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Galle Fort, Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
Galle Dutch Fort - After learning about the sheer determination of the people through the art displayed at the Tsunami Photo Museum, let us now head down to the Galle Dutch Fort. With a tumultuous history dating back to several centuries, the city’s strategic location made it a hub for trade by sea and subsequently a landing point for the island’s colonial rulers. A fort was built to ensure protection and preservation of the city the Portuguese in early 16th Century and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Originally the fort was an earthen structure with palisades, a rampart and three bastions and a moat surrounding it. Under the control of the Dutch, they built impregnable fortifications with coral and granite stones and the Fort resembled a small laid out walled town with a rectangular grid pattern of streets full of low houses with gables and verandas.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Tsunami Photo Museum, Templeroad Just North of Hikkaduwa, Telwatta Sri Lanka
Tsunami Photo Museum - Your next stop will be at the Tsunami Photo Museum which is located in Talwatte. After the devastating Tsunami of 2004, which struck Sri Lanka along with many other countries, the recovery process has been slow, long as well as arduous. The coastal areas were the worst hit and re-development still continues with physical as well psycho-social rehabilitation being one of the most important areas. To ease the process so that people can talk and articulate about the horrors of the Tsunami as well as to provide a place where beauty and art is still in abundance, the Tsunami Photo Museum was established. It is a completely charitable museum which provides free entrance and has drawings, paintings, photographs – art in all its glory – to tell a story of every individual to lived through the Tsunami of 2004.
Duration: 1 day 6 hours
Stop At: KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre, Duwemodara, Kosgoda 80570 Sri Lanka
Turtle Hatchery - Your day trip to Galle starts with a visit to Turtle Hatchery. Sri Lanka is home to many different wildlife creatures including sea- life and of the seven species of marine turtles in the world; five of them make their way to Sri Lanka to nest throughout the year. The five species of marine turtle nesting in Sri Lanka include the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, and the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley.
Established to protect turtles that nest in the Sri Lankan beaches from extinction, the marine turtle hatcheries are operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka and rely on volunteers to help with their conservation project. You can help release the turtles back into the sea and find out how we can help these endangered species live a little while longer..
Duration: 1 hour
- Fuel surcharge
- Local taxes
- Bottled water
- Hotel or port pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Weligama Fishtheraphy
- Entry/Admission - Jungle Beach
- Entry/Admission - Galle Fort
- Entry/Admission - KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Infant seats available
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is require
- Minimum age is 6 years
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Picked up promptly at 8am at our Airbnb. As we drove to Galle, our driver was excellent telling us about out the history and sights along the 2.5 hour drive. Our first stop were the Stilt Fisherman, they were neat, but it felt a little touristy. The guys were resting in the shade and when we pulled up they scrambled out to the stilts. They did open a coconut for us to drink and also we ate the inside of it. A tip is appreciated.Our next stop was Jungle Beach. It's not hard to get down the beach, (maybe a 10-12 meter trek down an embankment) but if you don't have the right footwear, it'll be a struggle. Great views once down there of Galle, people swimming, glass boats, etc. There are small shop to buy trinkets and have a drink if you want. Next up was Galle Fort. See the guys cliff diving and take pics. Tips are appreciated. Stop at any of the shops or street vendors and browse if you'd like. Once you get by the oldest working Clock Tower, get a picture with the monkeys or watch guys charm snakes(tips appreciated). The views are tough to beat from that area.Next stop was lunch. This was by far the best food we had in Sri Lanka. We drive out of Galle Fort and our driver takes to a little spot off the beach. We secured a beach side table, ordered food, 2 beers, sat and enjoyed the views and the breeze. Our next stop was the Tsunami Museum, it was actually a small house ravaged by the Tsunami that had tons of pictures, child missing notices, death toll, etc...its not for the faint of heart, but its definitely a must see. Donations are appreciated.We left the museum and headed to the Herb Garden. They gave us a small tour of all the local plants, herbs and the medicines they make out of them. I was quite surprised at this stop as I was just expecting some lame plants, trees and flowers. They ended up giving us a small foot massage and you could buy any of the medicines they make. The guys don't take a salary, so most proceeds go to them and the upkeep of the garden. Needless to say, donations are appreciated. Next stop was the Mask Museum, quite an odd short tour and donations are appreciated. The best part about this stop was the retail shop. Tons of quality handmade items to buy. Cash only though.Last stop was the Turtle Hatchery and Conservation. Great little stop where we shown turtles at all stages of growth, even 1 day old! There is a big shop to buy items, but a bit overpriced. A tip is appreciated for turtle guide.Anyhow, bring money.
Very enjoyable. We really enjoyed the peace temple. The lunch was delicious.
one day trip to Galle from Colombo is overall good with visits to Stilt Fisherman, Fort, Mangrove boat ride, Spice Garden and Tortoise hatchery with a superb buffet lunch.the trip is fully engaged and we enjoyed the trip. The driver was more accommodate and friendly. i highly recommend this tour.
I went with my parents for this day tour, and Chiranga was our driver and guide for the day. We truly enjoyed the tour from the start to the end. Wonderfully planned itinerary that covers a range of activities to see and do in the South, and although the day was packed, we did not feel rushed at any of the attractions. We particularly enjoyed the Galle fort and the Turtle Hatchery. Chiranga was an excellent guide, humorous, always willing to share his experience and knowledge about the various attractions. I would definitely recommend this tour, good job Sanota Walkers!
This tour was amazing!
Chamika our Guide/Driver is very professional and accommodating, and has a great command in English language, we visited Buddhist, Hindu Temple in Colombo and we have also great lunch Our Galle Day Trip is also great, we have visited the Fishermen on Stilts, Galle Fort, Tsunami Museum, We have a great time with the river tour and even visted the Cinnamon island, it is very refreshing, We have a nice lunch near the sea and we also visited the Spice Garden and have a nice sample massage, after that we went to Turtle Hatchery conservation. After the trip Chamika drive us to the Airport. Thanks Chamika for the great job! I highly recommend Sanota Walkers!