- Trip Outline
You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Negombo, Colombo, or Mount Lavinia at 8:00 AM to drive to Bentota and visit the pristine beaches, better known as golden mile. Next, you’ll visit Ambalangoda, known for its exquisite collection of native masks. Many generations of artisans have carved these beautiful artefacts. Afterwards, drive to Balaptiva.
After a break, you’ll take a boat trip on the Madu Ganga River. Discover the unspoiled beauty of the Madu Ganga estuary, a wetland ecosystem that opens to the Indian Ocean. After the boat safari, you’ll visit a sea turtle conservation project in Kosgoda beach before heading back to your hotel. Visitors can see the newborn turtles and even be a part of the process of releasing them into the sea. After visiting the sea turtle conservation project, drive to moonstone mines.
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- Entire ground transportation as per the tour itinerary
- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of English speaking national tour guide
- Bentota sightseeing tour
- Discount voucher of 10% at a Jewelry shop
- Entrance fees and activity charges for the following site.
- Sea turtle conservation centre
- Madu river boat tour
- Spice garden
- Buddhist temple
- Mask museum
- Visiting Bentota beach
- Moonstone mines
- Meeting arrangements
- All government taxes
- All service charge
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
- Any meals not specified, throughout the tour
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Colombo / Bentota / Colombo
Meet & greet by “Seerendipity Tours” Representatives and proceed to Bentota.
Bentota beach is the most popular beach holiday destination on the island. The unique location of Bentota beach resort is one important reason for its popularity as a beach holiday destination. Bentota holiday resort is located on a peninsula and it is connected with the mainland at its southern border.
Bentota is mainly comprised of the narrow strip of land that spreads along the north-south axis. Unlike most other islands, Bentota is surrounded by both the sea and a river. One side of the island is the Bentota River while the western side of Bentota is flanked by the Indian Ocean. Large numbers of hotels are built in this narrow strip of land enabling the travellers to have a peaceful atmosphere during the holiday.
SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECT
Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the Beach, Lays her eggs and covers it with sand where it is supposed to, incubate by the heat of the sun. What often happens is, the eggs are dug out by fisherman and sold to people who consume them.
But now the eggs are bought up by the conservation projects and are hatched the Natural way in enclosed areas where the Birds don’t have a chance of picking them up and the babies are let into the sea after two days at night time which offers them a better chance of survival.
Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
GANGATILAKA TEMPLE KALUTARA
Kalutara is historically important due to the fact that it was one of the 32 places indicated by Arahant Mahinda Thera to the king Devananpiya Tissa in the 2nd century B.C. as a place where one of the thirty-two saplings of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura is planted, to which the King extended his patronage. It is recorded in the Sinhala Maha Bodhi Wansa that until such time when the Maritime Provinces were subjugated by the Portuguese in 1505 A.D., the historic Kalutara Bodhi exited intact.
In the 16th century, this sacred site was turned in to a Portuguese fort. Though no harm is supposed to have done to the Bodhi it was not venerated by the people during that period. It was after the planting of a Bodhi in the lower terrace of Pahala Maluwa by an Indian Prince from the Pandya country named Wickrama Pandya in 1042 A.D. that the public began to venerated and consider the site as a sacred place. This prince from Indian became viceroy in the Kalutara area.
After the Portuguese, the Dutch too use of the present upper terrace or the uda maluwa area as a camp followed by the British as well, subsequently.
During the British period, since the latter half of the 19 century, it was used as an office premise with the residence of the Government Agent.
MADU GANGA BOAT RIDE
A cruise on a modern motor boat is the best way to exploring the natural wealth of Madu Ganga, the islands in the wetland are largely inaccessible by road. The inhabitants are also using the boats and more often paddle boats as the means of transport. Seerendipity tours offer particularly appealing boat trips around Madu Ganga.
This Ramsar Wetland is one of the most visited natural attractions of Sri Lanka’s west coast, with riverscapes to quiet thick grown islands and mangrove forests with sites of immense natural interest. There is plenty of opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife based on the aquatic environment, throughout the tour.
Retrun transfer to Colombo
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