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Galle – Hikkaduwa – Bentota

Galle Lighthouse

This single-day journey begins in Negombo and takes you to Galle Fort, traveling via the Negombo-Colombo Expressway to Kadawatha, then from Kadawatha to Bentota on the Southern Expressway, and finally along the coastal road to Galle. Along the way, you’ll witness the lively Bentota River, with locals enjoying a swim. As you cross the river, you’ll spot the luxurious Bentota Resort and other five-star hotels.

Further along, you’ll arrive at Kosgoda, a small town known for its privately-owned turtle hatcheries and ponds. Of the seven turtle species found in Sri Lanka, five can be seen in Kosgoda. Please note that there is an entrance fee for turtle viewing.

As you pass through Balapitiya town, you’ll reach a lagoon adorned with lush green mangroves. Here, you can take a two-hour boat ride, during which you’ll see mangroves, lizards, and a variety of water birds. The boat will also take you to several small islands where cinnamon is commercially grown. You’ll see cinnamon processing and ancient Buddhist temples on these islands. On the return boat ride, you’ll spot monkeys and fishermen using unique fishing equipment.

In the village of Batapola, you’ll witness the traditional craft of moonstone creation. You can also explore more cinnamon gardens and gem mines in this area, where a variety of gems are available.

Next, we’ll visit a popular tourist beach resort, Hikkaduwa, known for its clear green sea water, reminiscent of the Maldives, and its silver sandy beach. Hikkaduwa is renowned for its coral reefs, which can be explored on a glass-bottomed boat tour. A lunch of fresh seafood awaits you at Hikkaduwa.

Post-lunch, our tour continues to Galle, the southern capital of Sri Lanka. The Dutch-built Galle Fort is a major attraction, housing numerous ancient buildings that now serve as shopping arcades, restaurants, and other commercial centers. The fort also hosts the Methodist Church, a museum, and several government and military offices. From the fort’s massive surrounding wall, you can see the majestic lighthouse and the beautiful Roomassala Mountain. The nearby Galle International Cricket Stadium is considered one of the most scenic in the world.

Our return journey to Negombo along the expressway offers views of cinnamon, rubber, and low country tea plantations.