Colombo: Dutch Galle - 1 day
Step back in time in postcolonial Galle on the south west coast of Sri Lanka and explore the city’s wonderful 17th century defence fort, browse historical treasures in the Galle National Museum, and take a scenic cruise along the Madhu River on this Sri Lanka Day Tour.
Following an early morning departure from Colombo we begin making our way towards Galle on the south-western tip of the island. En route we stop off at an intriguing Mask Factory and Workshop in Ambalangoda, where you can see craftsmen plying their trade and browse a gallery of unique brightly-coloured masks which can be purchased as a souvenir or gift.
Upon arrival in Galle we set out on a city tour. One of the main highlights is Galle Fort, which offers a charming reminder of the Dutch colonial era. Constructed in 1663, the fort encompasses a remarkable collection of European architectural structures and Sri Lankan traditions, and was named a World Heritage Site in 1988. There is also the Galle National Museum, with a selection of ornamental objects made of ebony, tortoise shell, ancient wood and lace on display.
Later we board a canopied boat for a scenic cruise along the Madhu River, passing dozens of mangrove covered islets and stopping off at sites along the way – such as a 200-year old temple, and to watch locals farming cinnamon. We may also get the chance to see traditional Sri Lankan fishing techniques in action.
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