Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip

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Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip
from USD $117.70
This tour covers the best part of Sri Lanka’s South Coast. You'll visit Galle, rich in colonial heritage, and explore the iconic Dutch Fort that encloses the city. You can walk along the ramparts and the cobblestone pathways that crisscross through the fort. Enjoy a cooking demonstration session with authentic lunch and Visit Ambalangoda mask factory and experience a memorable boat ride at Madu River with lots of memories.
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In Brief

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
12 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Galle Fort, Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo, Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Bentota, Beruwela or Galle and then transfer to visit Dutch Fort of Galle. The fort is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, thanks to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ariyapala Mask Museum, 426 Main Street, Ambalangoda 80300 Sri Lanka

Next stop is Ambalangoda, known for its exquisite collection of native masks, carved throughout the generations of professional carvers from the region. Don's miss the variety of masks available for sale, as the current productions are more garish and vibrant in colour.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Madu River, Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550 Sri Lanka

Later on you will visit Balapitiya and have lunch at Gangabada Asiriya Restaurant. After lunch, you can discover the unique beauty of Maduganga River on a boat trip. A relatively unspoiled lagoon, the Maduganga estuary is a 915-hectare complex coastal wetland ecosystem that opens to the Indian Ocean.

Duration: 3 hours


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia
  • English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • Boat ride in Balapitiya
  • Cooking demostration with authentic lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Madu River


  • Entrance fee to the sites not mentioned in price Includes section
  • Tips to guides, restaurants. Tipping is expected
  • Personal expenses

Departure Point

1: Colombo, Sri Lanka
2: Negombo, Sri Lanka
3: Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
4: Kalutara, Sri Lanka
5: Bentota, Sri Lanka
6: Galle, Sri Lanka

Traveler pickup is offered
All hotels and places in Negombo, Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Bentota or Galle

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.36 out of 5 based on the last 14 recent reviews

Imran was an absolutely amazing tour guide. Took us to all the right places and provided lots of information about the locations and sites we were visiting. The vehicle was large, clean, and had air conditioning. I recommend this tour!
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
Our guide Thusara was a very knowledgeable and intelligent. He has renovated the trip itinerary to include places that were not even mentioned so that we get even more wholesome experience of Southern Sri Lanka. Throughout the trip he was very compassionate and energetic and has beyond what would normally be expected from a tour guide. He wished our day end with wide smile and "Eid Mubarak", which was something that truly made my parents smile and talk about after the trip. I will definitely use this company/s service (and preferably look out for Thusara) in the future when I visit Sri Lanka again. Take lots of love! 3
• Submitted 13 Aug 2019
very nice trip!
• Submitted 29 Sep 2018
The trip was well organized, very scenic, and informative. I think you have to be a history and environmental lover to enjoy this trip as there is a lot of focus on the history and environmental work being done in Sri Lanka. Just one warning - the visit to the Dutch Fort at Galle is self-guided, so make sure that you come prepared with fort information or visit the museum to get a map and orientation. Make sure you walk around the full circumference of the walled fort. Also a lot of walking required, so bring good shoes, hat, and sunblock. I learned a lot and saw things I never thought I would see including water monitors, blue kingfishers, cormorants, fishing boats, floating coconut stores, cinnamon preparation and a floating session through a mangrove swamp - fascinating.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2017
Great tour. Absolutely love Galle and all the stops along the way. The turtles are adorable but beware of one of the guides there because he is a bit handsy. They should actually go to a different turtle place because that particular man was rude and inappropriate. Its unfortunate because everyone else in the entire country was relatively kind and welcoming so this was a negative start to our visit. The tour guide/driver was polite and friendly. He stopped at some nice places. The river cruise was an additional 80USD but it was spectacular and one of the best experiences we had in Sri Lanka. The mask museum was educational and quiet. The museum store also had reasonable prices for all sculptures, masks etc and I would recommend purchasing from there as opposed to any of the places in Kandy. The restaurant we stopped at for lunch was extremely expensive but I think worth it in this case. We had trouble deciding what to order and our waiter went to the side of the sea, received a fresh catch and brought it to us on a plate as an option and we loved it. All in all a great day! I wish we spent 3 of them there!
• Submitted 19 Sep 2017
Loved this tour! Our tour guide, Damitha, was wonderful!! We spent time walking around the fort and got to see all the sights there. Then we went to our river tour and lunch. The lunch was simple and wonderful. The river tour was great. Got to see many different islands and go onto them. Different ones were known for growing cinnamon and another had a Buddhist monastery where we received a blessing from a monk. After the river tour, we went to the turtle sanctuary. It was amazing!!!! We just happened to show up at the perfect time and two different nests hatched. What an amazing experience!!! After being able to release some turtles to the ocean, we headed back to our hotel. Overall a wonderful day!!
• Submitted 31 May 2017
Our guide for the day was Saneth...he was informative, compassionate and interesting. I highly recommend this tour as it's also very hard to cover so much ground in a day.
• Submitted 08 Jun 2016
Great!! Our guide didn't really speak English so we didn't learn anything about the Dutch Fort. Maybe a printed handout would be helpful. Our guide stopped at a silk factory and moonstone mine as well. The boat ride in the Mangroves was fantastic!! We also really loved the turtle hatchery! Highly recomm nod this tour.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
Great driver. Wonderful tour! Such rich history
• Submitted 13 Jan 2016
this trip was great. Our drive was very good but a little bit quiet - we really would have liked a bit more info on the places we were visiting. The boat trip out on the lagoon was really good and we enjoyed the stops at Cinnamon island and the temple too.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2018
Good trip very interesting and really just a great day out saw the turtle sanctuary the mask museum was brilliant The Galle fort was a bit of a disappointment but not total rubbish worth the trip
• Submitted 04 Sep 2017
Long drive but it was a fun day
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
Certainly worth doing when you're in Colombo. Here's why i only rated it 3 stars: The good: 1. My driver was very professional, polite, and knowledgeable. He was also a very calm driver despite the craziness of the other drivers around him. 2. The Old Dutch Fort reminded me of Manila's Intramuros, although the former was much well preserved. Nice to see how they lived back in the day. 3. My favorite was the visit to the sea turtle hatchery. They're doing a great thing there. 4. the river cruise was 'ok.' We didnt see much wildlife although the visit to the small buddhist temple was fun. 5. Sri Lankan's are very friendly. At least every one i met on this trip. The bad: 1. We felt pressured to buy something or give a donation, and this was in every single place we went to, including the Moonstone mines not part of the itinerary but we were brought there, which was a good thing, but once you're there, you're pressured or coerced to buy something. So when you go on this trip, make sure you budget for these incidentals. 2. Lunch - the lunch was part of what you paid for. They just started cooking when we got to the restaurant we we waited for an hour for our food. And this was around 130pm already, and we were already very hungry, so we ended up eating around 230pm. Overall, i dont regret going on this trip. In fact, I'm very glad i did. I just wont push it to my friends though.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2015
again very poorly organised. Not much to do and see and nothing worthwhile. Over all we were forcefully convinced to spend time and money on useless herbal medicine.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2017

In Brief

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
12 hours