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Galle Full-Day Tour

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icon10 to 12 hours  (approx.)
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Experience the charms of Galle and Sri Lanka’s southwest coast on a day trip from Colombo, with an expert driver-guide. View endangered turtles at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; see the stilt fishermen at Weligama; and explore UNESCO-listed Galle Fort, where 17th-century ramparts enclose colonial buildings, museums, and shops. Learn about Galle’s maritime history, and visit Talwatte's simple-but-moving Tsunami Photo Museum to chart the impact of the 2004 disaster. Before returning to Colombo, enjoy lunch and discover Bentota Beach.
  • Day trip to Galle and Sri Lanka’s southwest coast from Colombo, with an informative guide
  • Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery to see endangered sea turtles being cared for
  • Take photos of Weligama’s stilt fishermen, who fish from poles lodged in the sea
  • Explore 17th-century Galle Fort, a fortified complex of colonial mansions, museums and arty shops
  • Witness the devastation of the 2004 tsunami at the Talwatte Tsunami Photo Museum
  • Stop for an included lunch at a local restaurant
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7:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is require
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Note: Itinerary is designed according to time availability. Sanota Walkers will not responsible for any deviation as per client’s/Chauffeur request.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Lanka Tour Host (Pvt) Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Galle Full-Day Tour?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Galle Full-Day Tour?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Galle Full-Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Galle Full-Day Tour?
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
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  • "The walk to Jungle Beach is a little tricky so wear good footwear." See review

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Great day trip
, Apr 2022
A really great day trip out to Galle from Colombo. The highlight of the day was definitely seeing the turtle hatchery and seeing the Dutch colonial town of Galle.
Great introduction to Galle!
, Mar 2022
Picked up promptly from airport. Spent a great day visiting all of the highlights of the Galle area. Absolutely loved the turtle hatchery, and stilt fishermen! Lunch was incredible! Our guide, Nimal was friendly and informative. Vehicle was clean and very comfortable.
Worthwhile day trip to Galle
, Nov 2021
An early start to this tour, having just managed to get some breakfast in the hotel, saw us being driven in a comfortable people carrier through and very busy and slightly crazy Colombo. Zig zagging through Tuk-tuks is clearly a skill which was admirably displayed by our driver. For some weird reason I felt safe in his hands. Unfortunately I cannot remember the drivers name. Having cleared Colombo and having left most tuk-tuks behind we headed down towards Galle. 2 hours later we arrived and went straight through to get to the stick sitting fishermen. All set-up for tourist but has to be seen as this is about the only place left where they sort of do it. Now I am old and fat so the next part of the tour was a nightmare and to be honest if I had missed it I would have had one heart attach less in my life. A lengthy clamber down a rock strewn path saw us at a not very impressive beach. Vast quantities of rubbish lying around reminds everyone about how we are destroying the oceans. After viewing the rubbish we started the climb out. Pure hell and as we were lead the wrong way and had to do almost double the climb I was surprised to find myself alive at the top. Very surprised. From this point on the tour became very good and very interesting. Seeing round the Dutch Fort a Galle was amazing and our driver was very knowledgeable about it. We then headed off for lunch which was included and given at a nice wee beach restaurant on a beach 100 x time better that the one at the bottom of Mount Everest. This area had been devastated by the 2004 Tsunami when 60,000 were killed. It has still not fully recovered. On the way home we stopped off at a turtle sanctuary where a totally dedicated guy showed us around. very interesting. A further stop at a mask workshop (waste of time) before heading back up the road to Colombo. I would recommend this trip to anyone who has naval interests as the Dutch fort was magnificent. The little turtles weren't bad either.
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Great day out - dont miss
, Feb 2020
Fabulous day and fantastic guide in Subash. Especially the conservation turtles and tsunami museum- be prepared it's quite upsetting. Great lunch. The walk to Jungle Beach is a little tricky so wear good footwear. The Fort area is fabulous and well worth a visit.
Great full day tour
, Sep 2019
This was a really excellent and well-rounded tour of Galle and surrounding areas. The variety of activities was excellent and we felt there was plenty of time spent at each place. We got a variety of curries for the included lunch which were so delicious. Our driver was very friendly and accommodating, encouraging us to let him know if we wanted to stop anywhere else for photos
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Galle Private Full Day Tour
, Dec 2018
Picked up promptly at 8am at our Airbnb. As we drove to Galle, our driver was excellent telling us about out the history and sights along the 2.5 hour drive. Our first stop were the Stilt Fisherman, they were neat, but it felt a little touristy. The guys were resting in the shade and when we pulled up they scrambled out to the stilts. They did open a coconut for us to drink and also we ate the inside of it. A tip is appreciated.Our next stop was Jungle Beach. It's not hard to get down the beach, (maybe a 10-12 meter trek down an embankment) but if you don't have the right footwear, it'll be a struggle. Great views once down there of Galle, people swimming, glass boats, etc. There are small shop to buy trinkets and have a drink if you want. Next up was Galle Fort. See the guys cliff diving and take pics. Tips are appreciated. Stop at any of the shops or street vendors and browse if you'd like. Once you get by the oldest working Clock Tower, get a picture with the monkeys or watch guys charm snakes(tips appreciated). The views are tough to beat from that area.Next stop was lunch. This was by far the best food we had in Sri Lanka. We drive out of Galle Fort and our driver takes to a little spot off the beach. We secured a beach side table, ordered food, 2 beers, sat and enjoyed the views and the breeze. Our next stop was the Tsunami Museum, it was actually a small house ravaged by the Tsunami that had tons of pictures, child missing notices, death toll, etc...its not for the faint of heart, but its definitely a must see. Donations are appreciated.We left the museum and headed to the Herb Garden. They gave us a small tour of all the local plants, herbs and the medicines they make out of them. I was quite surprised at this stop as I was just expecting some lame plants, trees and flowers. They ended up giving us a small foot massage and you could buy any of the medicines they make. The guys don't take a salary, so most proceeds go to them and the upkeep of the garden. Needless to say, donations are appreciated. Next stop was the Mask Museum, quite an odd short tour and donations are appreciated. The best part about this stop was the retail shop. Tons of quality handmade items to buy. Cash only though.Last stop was the Turtle Hatchery and Conservation. Great little stop where we shown turtles at all stages of growth, even 1 day old! There is a big shop to buy items, but a bit overpriced. A tip is appreciated for turtle guide.Anyhow, bring money.
Very enjoyable. We really enjoyed the...
Carol K
, Jul 2018
Very enjoyable. We really enjoyed the peace temple. The lunch was delicious.
Great tour, excellent service!. we...
Ramona D
, Jan 2018
Great tour, excellent service!. we visited Galle in mid November. Amazing guide, knew everything there is to know about each site we visited and took the time to explain everything so that we could learn as much as possible about the places we are visiting. Driver also great, very polite, comfortable car, provided free water during entire journey. We felt treated like family! Great job guys! Thank you again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
This tour is a must if you are...
, Jan 2018
This tour is a must if you are visiting Colombo. Our guide Deshan was great! He could speak English very well, kept us informed of the day's events and generally attended to our every need all day. Bottled water is provided and the air conditioned car was excellent on the hot day. Deshan was a wealth of information and answered all our questions. The highlights for the day included the Tsunami museum, Galle Fort, Herbal Spice garden and Turtle hatchery. In future I will make a note of Viator Top Rated tours when choosing as this was definitely one of the best ones to do. Thank you Deshan for making our Gall day trip so memorable. Colletta and Glenn Ward. Australia
This tour delivers what it promises...
Jan F
, Nov 2017
This tour delivers what it promises. The company, Sanota Walkers, organized it to perfection. The driver/guide was very friendly and competent. So yes, highly recommended.
one day trip to Galle from Colombo...
Vengatachalam C
, Aug 2017
one day trip to Galle from Colombo is overall good with visits to Stilt Fisherman, Fort, Mangrove boat ride, Spice Garden and Tortoise hatchery with a superb buffet lunch.the trip is fully engaged and we enjoyed the trip. The driver was more accommodate and friendly. i highly recommend this tour.
I went with my parents for this day...
Rachel WS L
, Jul 2017
I went with my parents for this day tour, and Chiranga was our driver and guide for the day. We truly enjoyed the tour from the start to the end. Wonderfully planned itinerary that covers a range of activities to see and do in the South, and although the day was packed, we did not feel rushed at any of the attractions. We particularly enjoyed the Galle fort and the Turtle Hatchery. Chiranga was an excellent guide, humorous, always willing to share his experience and knowledge about the various attractions. I would definitely recommend this tour, good job Sanota Walkers!
Chamika was an excellent guide, and...
Lars S
, Feb 2017
Chamika was an excellent guide, and he was also a safe driver. We got to see stilt fishermen, local temple, Galle fort, the tsunami museum, a hidden jungle beach, a private river safari, and much more. It was a very intense but fun day! A lot of impressions! We are very glad we did this tour, and strongly recommend it!
Our driver was very friendly and...
Peter C
, Sep 2016
Our driver was very friendly and tried to be as helpful as possible. But it was apparent that he was new to this tour and continually had to stop to ask for directions and had trouble understanding us. The itenary was good but we felt we missed out on a bit due to his inexperience.
This tour was really amazing...
, Jul 2016
This tour was really amazing. Chamika was an excellent guide and driver, very polite and attentive to all our needs. We learned many new things during the tour and really impressed with the variety of activities offered during the day. Thank you Chamika for making our day memorable and lots of fun!
we were picked up at 7.30am and took...
Tessa A
, Jun 2016
we were picked up at 7.30am and took a 2 hour ride to galle from mount lavinia hotel. the tour guide cum driver was really good and informative and told us alot about the things we drove past. we first were taken to the stilt fishermen to take pictures. then to jungle beach. it was a steep climb down and up but it was a beautiful and untouched beach. we were then driven to the other end to see the fortress. after that was lunch at a place by the beach. it was a set meal with appetiser, main course and dessert. drinks not included of course. after lunch, we were brought to the tsunami museum and mask factory. we then took a boat ride through the mangroves and saw animals such as monitor lizard, birds etc. the boat also took us to cinnamon island where they showed us how they grew it and how they used it. you could buy cinnamon products there too. optional - can do the fish spa . after the boat ride, we went to the spice garden to learn what they grew and the medicinal value of it. lastly we went to the turtle hatchery to see the turtles at different ages and different breeds. we then drove 2hrs back and reached our hotel at about 7-8pm

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