Private tour

Colombo/Negombo: Galle, Bentota, and Hikkaduwa Day Trip

Activity provider: Beauty Lanka Travels

Colombo/Negombo: Galle, Bentota, and Hikkaduwa Day Trip

Activity provider: Beauty Lanka Travels

From US$ 75 per person

Experience the colorful colonial city of Galle on this 12-hour day tour. Depart from Colombo or Negombo with a guide and discover a turtle hatchery and Bentota Beach, before later exploring Galle Fort and learning more about its tumultuous past.

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Duration 12 hours
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Host or greeter
English, Tamil, Arabic
Pickup included
Pickup is available from any hotel near Negombo and Colombo. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Your driver will wait no longer than 30 minutes after your scheduled pickup time.
Private group


  • Walk along Galle Fort
  • Visit a sea turtle hatchery and rescue center
  • Go snorkeling at Hikkaduwa Beach
  • Take a Madu River boat safari
  • Visit Moonstone Mine
Full description
Your tour begins as you are picked up from your Colombo hotel to be transferred to Bentota. Once there you will enjoy some water sports, before taking a river safari down the beautiful Madu River. This river is a wetland estuary spreading over 900 hectares of which 770 hectares are covered with water and inhabited with 64 islands. This boat ride is a wonderful way to take a closer look at this complex wetland ecosystem, which is a UNESCO-listed site. The area is also protected by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as one of the last wetlands in Sri Lanka to contain a pristine mangrove forest. Once having explored the wetlands, you will transfer to Kosgoda to visit a turtle hatchery where you will see various breeds of sea turtles. Lunch at a recommended restaurant will follow before you transfer to Meetiyagoda, where you will visit the Moonstone Mine and workshop. Following the mine, you'll head to Hikkaduwa Beach to visit the Galle Dutch fort, which was first built in 1588 by the Portuguese. It was later extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, and in the modern age has become UNESCO-listed. At the conclusion of your cultural experience, you will transfer back to Colombo.
  • Round-trip transfers from Colombo
  • English-speaking chauffeur
  • Sightseeing and city tour
  • Private transfers in an air-conditioned car or van
  • All related government taxes
  • Bottle of mineral water per person upon arrival
  • Lunch
  • Any expenses of a personal nature such as laundry charges, tips, etc.
  • Madu River boat Safari ($25USD per person)
  • Sea turtle hatchery (1000LKR per person)
  • Entrance fees, if any, at sightseeing places of interest
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Swimming cap

Product ID: 332326