Meeting & Tour Starting Point: Bentota or Bandaranaike International Airport
Highlights: Boat Safari in Madu River / Unawatuna Beach / Galle Dutch Fort / Moonstone Mine in Meetiyagoda
Departure Time: 8.30 AM
Return Time (Approximately): 5.30 PM
You will be starting your tour from Bentota. You will reach the Madu River by 9:00 am and will embark on a one-hour river safari. You will be travelling through secretive waterways created by mangrove tunnels and viewing tiny islands; some with temples or cinnamon pluckers, who you can buy fresh cinnamon from. You may also visit the fish massage parlour that stands on stilts, stretched over a portion of the river.
After you will be travelling to Unawatuna, which is a one hour drive away. You will get there by 11:00 am and be spending an hour on the beach. Then you will be heading to a hotel of your choice in Unawatuna to have lunch. You can select one according to your budget, as it will be at your own cost.
At 1:10 pm you will be proceeding to the city of Galle. Some of the most important places you will see are the Galle Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galle Lighthouse, the National Maritime Museum, the Dutch Reformed Church, and more; all while walking through beautifully historic cobblestoned streets with their Dutch names.
At 3:00 pm you will be leaving for Meetiyagoda. You will reach Meetiyagoda by 4:30 pm, and will be spending a productive 40 minutes there. Get some new appreciation for the jewels that adorn your favorite pieces with this visit to the moonstone mines of Meetiyagoda. Watch the miners wash and sift the mined stones to get those of the best quality. Hear more about the difficulties faced by the miners. Grab the opportunity to purchase some marvelous pieces; though you will need to haggle to get a reasonable price. Galle Day Tour
At 5:10 pm you will be beginning your drive back to Bentota. You’ll get back to the hotel by 5:30 pm, completing your tour.
Tour Inclusions Exclusions
- Hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English Speaking chauffeur guide.
- Bottled water.
- Meals where not specified.
- Gratuities (optional)
- Expenses of personal nature. Galle Day Tour