Galle Full-Day Tour

Duration: 10 to 12 hours
Destination: Sri Lanka, Western Province, Colombo
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Colombo
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  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Experience the colorful colonial city of Galle on this 12-hour day tour. Depart from Colombo or Negombo with a guide and Turtle Hatchery, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, and the stilt fishermen. Explore Galle Fort and learn more about its tumultuous history as a hub for trade. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

Itinerary
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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

Inclusions
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel or port pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Weligama Fishtheraphy
  • Entry/Admission - Jungle Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Galle Fort
  • Entry/Admission - KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre

Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Note: Itinerary is designed according to time availability. Sanota Walkers will not responsible for any deviation as per client’s/Chauffeur request.
  • 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
  • Extra Information : When you get the Visa you should pay 12$ for Covid 19 Insurance and 40$ USD for PCR Test. Any further information Please contact us.
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
As a permission of Sri Lanka Tourist Board, Pickups should be Level 01 Hotels (Safe & Secure Certified)

Airports

  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka


Ports

  • Colombo Port



Departure Time

7:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

10 to 12 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

carol h

03 Feb, 2020

Fabulous day and fantastic guide in Subash. Especially the conservation turtles and tsunami museum- be prepared it's quite upsetting. Great lunch. The walk to Jungle Beach is a little tricky so wear good footwear. The Fort area is fabulous and well worth a visit.

Joel W

05 Sep, 2019

This was a really excellent and well-rounded tour of Galle and surrounding areas. The variety of activities was excellent and we felt there was plenty of time spent at each place. We got a variety of curries for the included lunch which were so delicious. Our driver was very friendly and accommodating, encouraging us to let him know if we wanted to stop anywhere else for photos

Arthur P

03 Dec, 2018

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.

Carol K

01 Aug, 2018

Very enjoyable. We really enjoyed the peace temple. The lunch was delicious.

Ramona D

17 Jan, 2018

Great tour, excellent service!. we visited Galle in mid November. Amazing guide, knew everything there is to know about each site we visited and took the time to explain everything so that we could learn as much as possible about the places we are visiting. Driver also great, very polite, comfortable car, provided free water during entire journey. We felt treated like family! Great job guys! Thank you again!

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