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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Your guide covers the highlights of Sri Lanka’s south coast on this day trip from Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia. Walk along the ramparts and cobblestone pathways that crisscross the Dutch Fort of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit a mask factory in the coastal town of Ambalangoda and take a memorable boat ride on the Madu River of Balapitiya, finishing at a turtle hatchery. You’ll learn about Sri Lankan culture and nature from a knowledgeable guide along the way.
  • Sri Lanka south coast tour, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Explore the World Heritage–listed Galle Fort
  • Check out estuarine life with a boat ride on the Madu River
  • Discover mask making in Ambalangoda and visit a turtle hatchery
  • Enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant
  • Hotel transport available from Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia
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Hotel pickup and drop-off in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia
English-speaking chauffeur guide
Boat ride in Balapitiya
Cooking demostration with authentic lunch
Entrance fee to the sites not mentioned in price Includes section
Tips to guides, restaurants. Tipping is expected
Personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Colombo Harbour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Beyond Escapes

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip.
What is the policy on sanitization during Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip.
What is the social distancing policy during Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip.

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Great Tour
, Jan 2020
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!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Beyond Escapes. We value your feedback and most generous compliments on our service and we are so glad that we were able to provide you an exceptional service. And also, we are very happy that all our efforts have been successful in making your tour memorable and enjoyable.
Outstanding experience with the most helpful knowledgeable guide ever!
, Aug 2019
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
this trip was great. Our drive was...
, Mar 2018
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.
The trip was well organized, very...
David B
, Nov 2017
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.
Great tour. Absolutely love Galle...
Geeta M
, Sep 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!
Good trip very interesting and...
, Sep 2017
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
Loved this tour! Our tour guide...
Sabrina W
, Jun 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!!
again very poorly organised. Not...
avijit nandi m
, Jan 2017
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.
Our guide for the day was...
Delwyn N
, Jun 2016
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.
Great!! Our guide didn't really...
kevin k
, Apr 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.

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