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Kalutara: Turtle Hatchery Visit, Boat Safari, and Galle Tour

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Discover the wonders of southern Sri Lanka on a day trip from Kalutara. See baby turtles up close at the Kosgoda Hatchery, enjoy a boat ride along the Madu River in Balapitiya, and soak up the historic atmosphere on a guided sightseeing tour of Galle.
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Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Pickup from Kalutara area +5km

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  • Visit the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Hatchery and see, touch, and feed baby turtles
  • Enjoy a tranquil boat ride along the Madu River and see basking crocodiles
  • See the historical sights and landmarks in Old Colonial Galle
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The tour begins at 8:30am with pickup from your hotel and travels out of Kalutara towards the south-west of Sri Lanka. Arrive at the first stop of the day, Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, at around 9:30am. At the hatchery, learn about the 5 endangered sea turtle species that come to the shores of Sri Lanka to nest, and learn how the Kosgoda Turtle Care Program helps protect these nests until they are ready to hatch. At the hatchery, enjoy the unique opportunity to see, touch, and feed baby turtles as well as injured adults.

After about an hour at the hatchery head to the bustling coastal town of Balapitiya for a boat safari along the vibrant Madu River. Enjoy a 30-minute cruise on the river learning about and admiring its flourishing ecosystem. On the boat, pass through secretive passages created by the mangroves and see basking crocodiles and other river wildlife. Next, visit one of the river’s small islands known for its cinnamon harvesting natives, then experience the restorative qualities of the infamous fish massage.

At approximately 1pm take some free time to grab lunch and energize for the rest of the afternoon’s activities. Arrive in the city of Galle by 3pm and set out on a sightseeing exploration of this Old Colonial location. Discover the streets and landmarks of Galle, bursting with history, where Portuguese and Dutch settlers made their headquarters. Visit the Galle Fort, which is one of the best preserved fortifications in Asia, then admire the architecture of the Maritime Museum, Galle National Museum, and the local lighthouse. At the end of an insightful day, the tour finishes at 5pm and you will arrive back at your hotel at around 6:30pm.
  • Transport throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (from Kalutara, Wadduwa, and Panadura)
  • All taxes and service charges
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please note that meals are not included on this tour. It is recommended to eat breakfast before pickup, or pack food to eat on the way

From US$ 95 per person