The program of the Galle city Tour
- 7:30 AM Hotel Pickup for the Galle city tour and sightseeing
- 08:30 AM Stop for the Madu River boat safari
- 09.45 AM Stop at the Mask Museum
- 11:00 AM Moonstone mines and workshop
- 12:00 AM Hikkaduwa for lunch and explore the beach
- 02:00 PM Galle Fort, 2 hours leisure while exploring the Fort
- 6:00 PM Back in the hotel in Colombo
What do we see on the Galle city tour?
The Galle one day tour is a very scenic tour that takes place all along the west coast beach. In the Galle city tour, we will take you to one of the most beautiful parts of the island, southern Sri Lanka, where you get plenty of opportunities to enjoy the pristine palm-fringed beaches, picturesque countryside, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites/ the Dutch Fort, wildlife and mangrove forests. All attractions are in southern Sri Lanka, and they will be exposed within a few hours.
What to see in Galle?
- Dutch Fort
- Lace weaving centre
- Endangered sea turtle conservation project
- Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary
- Madu River safari
- Galle Maritime museum
- The Dutch Reformed Church of Galle
- Martin Wickramasinghe folk museum
You might be wondering what to see in Galle before venturing on a Galle sightseeing tour after all that’s why you landed on this page. Galle sightseeing tour is the best way to explore this charming, colonial city that majestically stands along the south-west borders of Sri Lanka. This is the best answer for your question, what to see in Galle because this one day tour allows you to see many interesting places in Galle such as Galle Fort, which is the best-preserved colonial city in Asia while exploring other attractions in southern Sri Lanka.
Galle is a major city in southern Sri Lanka and can be easily reached by bus or train. For tourists who are staying on the west coast, it is just a matter of 1 hours journey to reach the city of Galle. Despite the well developed public transport facilities it is highly recommended to hire a taxi to get the most out of your Galle sightseeing tour. Hiring a well-experienced driver/guide makes it easy to find the attraction and save time along the way.
How do we travel on this trip?
You will be travelling in a small private vehicle, reserved exclusively for your group, no intruders and enjoy the privacy at maximum on your Galle city tour. All our vehicles are air-conditioned modern vehicles and driven by well-experienced guides. The package includes entire ground transportations, all entrance fees as per tour itinerary and all taxes. A stop at Hikkaduwa, which is known as seafood heaven on the island, for the lunch break and the guests are free to make purchases depending on their choice and the payment must be done by the guests.
- Highlights- Yala national park, Galle fort, pinnawala elephant orphanage, Spice garden, Tooth relic temple, Tea factory and plantation, Bentota beach, Galle, Madu River Estuary, Sea Turtle Conservation Center
- Duration-8 Days
Places- Yala, Galle, Kandy, Mirissa, Bentota, Colombo, Nuwara Eliya
- Transport-Private vehicle
- Accommodation 4-star hotel
- Meals-Breakfast and Dinner
Special Price US$ 690, save $100, Regular Price US$790
Galle city tour is a short program intends to travellers, who have very limited time to explore the island. The Galle city tour is a private program and includes all the important tourist attraction in southern Sri Lanka. pristine beaches such as Hikkaduwa beach, Bentota beach and important historical sites such as Galle fortress is also included in the program.
The boat tour on the Madu estuary is very appealing and very scenic. The boat tour at the most important Ramsar wetland of the island (Madu river estuary), allow the visitors to experience rich fauna and flora of Sri Lankan riverine forest. Visiting the Cinnamon island and witness how the cinnamon peelers work with traditional equipment is a truly memorable experience for most travellers. The chances are abundant to spot many animals and birds during the boat tour. Crocodiles, water monitors, monkeys, and many species of birds can be seen during the boat trip.
In this Galle city tour, we drive all from Colombo to the capital city of southern Sri Lanka, Galle with our certified guide. There are many interesting places to visit on this 118km trip, therefore you will stop in infrequent intervals. In Hikkaduwa, you have a fabulous opportunity to feast your taste buds in fresh seafood and many other delicacies. Exploring corals also can be added to the activities, if time permits.
you to explore southern Sri Lanka in a short period of time. The tour starts in Colombo at 07.30 am on every day. The departure transfer also included in the price. The tour lasts around 8 hours and largely depend on the time you required at each location. This is a hop-in hop-out tour with many activities such as beach hopping, exploring historical sites, wildlife exploration etc.
Galle city tour itinerary in details
Meet and greet by seerendipity tours representative start the Galle city tour, and drive to Galle, En-route visit,
The first stop on the Galle tour: BENTOTA
Bentota beach is the most popular beach holiday destination on the island. The unique location of Bentota beach resort is one important reason for its popularity as a beach holiday destination. Bentota resort is located on an island and the island is connected with the mainland at its southern border. Bentota is mainly comprised of a narrow strip of land that spreads along the north-south axis.
Unlike most other islands, Bentota is surrounded by both the sea and a river. One side of the island is the Bentota River while the western side of Bentota is flanked by the Indian Ocean. Large numbers of hotels are built in this narrow strip of land enabling the travellers to have a peaceful atmosphere during the holiday. You can reserve a hotel in Bentota through Seerendipity Tours at very affordable rate online.
Affordable Sri Lanka beach holiday package
- 2 days of a beach holiday
- Accommodation in a 4-star beach resort
- 1 breakfast and 1 dinner
- Arrival/departure transfer
Special Price US$ 60, save $30, Regular Price US$90
02:00 pm reach the Galle Fort (Unesco world heritage site), spend 1 hour leisurely while exploring the important places
Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the Beach, Lays her eggs and covers it with sand where it is supposed to, incubated by the heat of the sun. But many people live in the coastal area dig the sand and discover the eggs hidden by the sea turtle; these eggs are consumed by some of them while some others are selling it.
But now the eggs are bought up by the conservation projects and are hatched the Natural way in enclosed areas where the Birds don’t have a chance of picking them up and the babies are released to the sea at night giving them a better chance of surviving.
Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
GANGATILAKA TEMPLE KALUTARA
Kalutara a popular Buddhist city 45km south of Colombo is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site due to the Gangatilaka Buddhist temple. The historical background of Kalutara goes back to the 2nd century BC. According to the historical notes, Kalutara is one of the 32 places, mentioned by Rev Mahinda to King Devanampiyatissa, which had to be developed as a place where one of the thirty-two saplings of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree (Bo tree, ficus religiosa) in Anuradhapura is planted, to which the King extended his patronage.
Explore the fortified city of Galleon a 4-hour bike tour, led by a local guide. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site…
Special Price US$ 30, save $10, Regular Price US$40
It is recorded in the Sinhala Maha Bodhi Wansa (chronicle) that until such time when the Maritime Provinces were subjugated by the Portuguese in 1505 A.D., the historic Kalutara Bodhi exited intact. In the 16th century, this sacred site was turned in to a Portuguese fort. Though no harm is supposed to have done to the Bodhi (Bo tree) it was not venerated by the people during that period. The fame of Kalutara temple went far and wide after the planting of Bo-tree by the Pandyan King named Wickrama Pandya in 1042 A.D, today the Bo-tree stand in the lower terrace. A large number of Buddhist devotees gathering to the Bo-tree daily in order to pay their devotion to the sacred tree.
After the Portuguese, the Dutch too use of the present upper terrace or the UDA Maluwa area as a camp followed by the British as well, subsequently. During the British period, since the latter half of the 19 century, it was used as an office premise with the residence of the Government Agent.
MADU ROVER BOAT RIDE
In the global context, the ecological importance of this site has garnered it the ‘Ramsar Wetland’ status in 2003, is the second-largest wetland in Sri Lanka and earned the Ramsar wetland status due to its importance as a wetland. The wetland encompasses over 915 hectares; it has 23 islands in varying sizes within its borders and they are inhabited by nearly 300 families. The River Sanctuary is now a Tourist Development Area and a Special Area Managed (SAM) by the Coast Conservation Department. Balapitiya is where the ‘Madu Ganga’ makes its home.
CITY OF GALLE
Galle is one of the ancient seaports of Sri Lanka and was an anchor point in the Silk Route. A group of Portuguese sailors caught in a storm accidentally landed in Galle fort in 1505; subsequently, they built a fort near the Galle harbour and took control of the maritime region. The fort was later ceded to Dutch colonial rulers, and the fort was widened and developed under the administration of Dutch East Indian Company, The fort is still in very good shape and earned status of UNESCO world heritage site.
Sri Lanka Boat tour at Madu estuary
- 2-hour boat tour at Madu exploring rich fauna, flora and mangrove forest
- Sea turtle conservation project
- Bentota beach tour
Special Price US$ 60, save $30, Regular Price US$90
GALLE FORT (UNESCO World Heritage site)
The Fort has developed to a multi-cultures and multi-religious closed city over the last few centuries. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique inheritance of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Galle Fort is also known as Dutch fort successfully survived in the Tsunami of 2004, in which large part of the city washed off, killing many thousands of people. Even though the mighty waves have done and extensive damage to the coastal belt, the impact on the Fort was negligible mainly due to its high-rise protective wall. It has been since restored.
Usually, the drivellers get about 2 hours free time with to explore the old city, where there is a large number of shops, cafes, galleries, museums, churches and hotels. The labyrinthine cobbled streets crisscrossing the entire fort and flank by Old Dutch styled mansions, most of these mansions and houses are converted luxury boutique hotels and occupied by foreign travellers.
Lace is a locally manufactured textile and the technique of weaving lace is a colonial heritage of women in Galle. It can up to six months to create an intricately designed blouse. This is a region-specific clothing manufacturing technique handed down from generation to generation. There is a huge range of wooden masks, animal figures, wood carvings and other trinkets to be sold here. To find something with modern with Sri Lanka style, drop into one of the textile shops in the fort, all of them selling trendy fashion designs.
Unawatuna Beach is located just south of Galle, the main city in the south and 125km from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna Bay, which is a year-round safe bathing spot in southern Sri Lanka, is rank among the best beaches in the world. A coral reef that blocks the underwater current entering the bay is the main reason for its popularity as a safe bathing spot.
This beach is a paradise for all those who yearn to enjoy the silence of the sea and dive deep into the blue waters of the ocean. Swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing are other major activities along the coast here. Within its reach, there is an accessible, reasonably well-preserved coral reef that serves as the base for snorkelling.
Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Sri Lanka. It is 98 km south of Colombo and its beautiful beaches a lot of glamour to this town. It is the place where you can have a glimpse of the fascinating underwater world and see the creatures that inhabit the unfathomable depths of the sea. Hikkaduwa is not only a leading beach holiday spot but also surfing and diving place on the island. Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary, which is only a few meters away from the beach houses a large number of beautiful sea creatures and getting hold of a glass-bottom boat, allows you to see the beautiful corals without jumping into the water.
The maritime archaeological museum
The Galle city in southern Sri Lanka is the location for the largest maritime museum in Asia. The museum is housed in the Dutch storage premises of the colonial city that built-in 1676 by the Dutch administration. It occupies four spacious chambers in the Dutch storehouse (40,000 square feet) and the present museum was established in 2008. Large numbers of items with archaeological importance are stored in the museum. Some of them are of the high importance that recovered from the seabed off the sea of Galle. Sri Lanka had been a popular port of call in the region and sea of the island is scattered with a large number of ships wrecks.
One of the most important exhibits of the museum is a diorama of historical inhabitants in Hambantota district. They believed to be lived about 7000 years earlier. Another valuable artefact is a tri-lingual stone inscription that is written in Chinese, Tamil and Persian languages. It believed to be written 600 years earlier in China and later brought to the island.
It also shows the methods of traditional fishing, fishing gears and fishing vessels of the country. Some of the articles among the exhibits are ropes used in vessels, old canons, porcelain items, smoking pipes, maps, and shipwrecks. A valuable artefact of the museum is the model of ship Avondster (evening star) that sank in the port of Galle. The model of the ship and the artefacts recovered from the ship can be witnessed in the museum. The ship has perished in 1659 AD.
Galle maritime museum was established by the Central Cultural Fund of Sri Lanka under the conservation program of the Galle world heritage site. The museum showcases the cultural and religious aspects of the people of southern Sri Lanka. It gives an idea of the convergence of Sri Lankan culture, trade, language and tradition with the other foreign nations.
One of the important functions of the museum is educating the people on the fragile maritime ecosystem of the sea. It shows a specimen of a large number of sea creatures such as fish, corals, seagrass and algae. One can see the causes of sea pollution and coastal erosion and precautions that one need to observe to stop the destruction.
One can visit the laboratory of the archaeological museum and witnessed the process of conservation of items with historical value. It provides a rare opportunity of acquiring hands-on experience of conserving items in a laboratory. The historical value of the artefacts represents the period from 8000 B.C to the present millennium.
The Dutch Reformed Church of Galle
In the Galle fort sits the Dutch Reformed Church, which is another archaeological masterpiece dating back to more than 2 centuries, and one of the major tourist attractions in Galle Sri Lanka. Even though there are many historical attractions in the city, the Dutch Reformed Church is a must visited place among all of them due to the unique architecture and antiquity of the Church.
The fort of Galle Sri Lanka, which is located bordering the Indian Ocean on one side and sitting on a piece of land penetrated into the ocean, is the proud owner of this historical church. The fort is located at the highest point of the city which, looks over the town. The church is located towards the southern end of the fort near the Galle maritime museum. It commands the awe-inspiring sight over the Indian Ocean and historic port of Galle. Several families, who are still adhering to this religion, come to the church on Sundays for the weekly sermon. They worship before the rare more than 200 years old spiritual objects hangs on the wall. The church was built by Dutch East Indian Company. This is one of the oldest functioning Protestant churches in the country.
The beginning of the church goes back to the Dutch colonial period. Another church, which belongs to the same religion, can be found in Colombo and it is known as the Wolvendaal church. These churches are two of the most ancient churches in the island. Dutch Reformed church is housed in a building that built after the typical Dutch architecture. The church had been drawing a large number of devotees for many years during the Dutch period in Sri Lanka. But since the end of Dutch colonial rule in the island, the number of devotees of the religion was drastically reduced. Today only several dozens of families believe in this religion.
Dutch Reformed church is a leading tourist attraction in the fort of Galle. Galle Fort is one of the most historic parts of the city and declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Today the Church draws very few local people but it is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The Dutch Reformed church is not huge inside and there are certainly bigger churches in the city. One unique feature of the church is the gravestones of late Dutch East India Company servants. Nearly half of the floor is built over many dozens of gravestones.
The church still looks very antiques with its old-style building and antique furniture. Chairs and other furniture are made of valuable hardwoods such as ebony. Most of the furniture and woodworks are dating back to the 17th and 18th century. the collection of furniture is a remarkable and veritable treasure of the church.
The church is an archaeologically protected monument on the island and it is under the purview of the archaeological department. The Dutch Reformed Church of Galle is one of the oldest Protestant churches in the country. The church is built after the Doric style of the period, in the form of the Greek cross with several feet thick wall. The transepts are roofed with brick barrel arches and a central dome.
Martin Wickramasinghe folk museum
Martin Wickramasinghe folk museum is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Sri Lanka offering the possibility to explore the rich historical past of Galle and suburb, and it is a must-see attraction in Galle. It is a place to see typical ancient farming practices, fishing methods, hunting methods and many other cottage industries. The museum has a large collection of bullock carts known as “Thirikkala”, which functioned as the main transport method of southern Sri Lanka in the past.
The cost per person in USD 155
Madu river safari with cinnamon island
Sea turtle farm
Personal expenses such as tipping, photography
Children of 3 years or less free of charge
Children 3-12 years 50% of the adult rate