10. From Bentota: Udawalawe Safari, Galle Fort & Unawatuna Beach
See wild elephants, crocodiles, and more on a safari in Udawalawe National Park, and discover the historical and cultural history of Galle Fort. Round out the day with a visit to one of the island’s most famous beaches, and learn about exquisite Sri Lankan masks for an activity-filled, full-day tour.
Be picked up from your hotel in Bentota or Kalutara in the early morning and drive for around 3.5-hours to Udawalawe National Park. Get up close to spectacular wildlife as you spend 3-hours on a 4x4 jeep safari tour spotting a large array of wild animals in this animal sanctuary. Sightings include wild elephants, crocodiles, jackals, deer, buffalo, and sloth bears.
The next stop is Galle Fort, a Dutch fortification and UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the houses, palaces, galleries, restaurants, cafes, and shops in this historically rich town.
Take some time to look at the local stores and find typical Sri Lankan handmade products and souvenirs. From here, head to Unawatuna Beach. Enjoy a swim in the warm water or relax on the beach.
Discover the cultural heritage of the island at Ambalangoda, a coastal town famous for its mask making. Visit a mask museum and learn about the meaning of these colorful works of art and their role in traditional dance rituals and festivals. Pass by local fishing villages, harbors, and fish markets and be dropped off at your hotel between 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM.