Private Day Tour to Galle with Madu River Safari

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From $100.80

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: Colombo, Colombo

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Exploring Galle is so easy in this Private Day Tour with a Professional English Speaking Guide who will be with you explaining the ancient British histories in a Private Comfortable Air Conditioned Vehicle.
Visit the most famous monuments attractions & Mangrove Boat Safari at Madu River. Day Excursion with Hotel Pickup and DropOff have never been this much of easy to explore rather than a Public Transport

What's Included

All Local Taxes & Charges

Fuel Charges

Highway Toll Fees

Private Air Conditioned Vehicle

Professional English Speaking Chauffer Guide

What's Not Included

Entrance Fees

Food & Drinks

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 9
  • ADULT: Age: 10 - 99

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.

What To Expect

Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
Meet & Greet your Professional Guide from your hotel in Colombo and head towards Galle.
Galle was built as a fortified coastal city with large walls along the seashore. It was designed with a European way of thinking – that attacks from colonial competitors could come from the sea as well as the land.

• Admission Ticket Free

Local Gem Dealers in Galle Sri Lanka
The history of Galle extends thousands of years to biblical times. In more recent times it was a prize to be possessed for western traders in search of wealth and glory. Its beautifully preserved colonial Dutch fort with its quaint city with cobblestone streets within is a place time forgot. Close by are magnificent beaches, rainforests and other attractions. It is definitely a fascinating place to visit.
You will be shown how Sri Lankan Gems are cut & poloshed with the History of Sri Lankan Gems

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Galle Fort Lighthouse
Galle is beautiful city seeped in centuries of history. The remains of this history can still be seen everywhere from its cobblestoned streets, to the historic monuments, to the many still functional structures such as the Galle Lighthouse.

The Galle Lighthouse, or Pointe de Galle Light as it was also known, was the very first light station to be built in Sri Lanka. Dating back to 1848; the lighthouse was built by the British to ensure the safe arrival of their ships at the Galle harbour. This original structure stood 24.5 m tall (80 feet) and was located at a site approximately 100 feet from the current lighthouse. Its light was made with a prism lens of glass, which floated in a bath of mercury (to reduce friction); and was powered by a weight driven machine.This lighthouse was destroyed in 1934.

The current lighthouse structure was built in 1939; erected within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort with a height of 26.5m (87 feet). The lightstation stands at a strategic location at the southern end of the promontory; built approximately 6m above the road level on the ramparts of the Fort, at a place known as the Point Utrecht Bastion . This affords it an undisturbed view across the seascape; and allowing any incoming ships to see its light.

The Galle Lighthouse is currently operated and managed by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The lights work through a computerized system which allows the foremost light to switch on every night and switch off in the morning. Visitors are not allowed to climb the lighthouse.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Built as a hospital by the Dutch, it has been used for several different purposes, over the years. The Dutch established the Galle hospital to look after the health of the officers and other staff serving under the Dutch East India Company. The hospital's close proximity to the harbour allowed it to serve Dutch seafarers. The hospital was constructed on the site of the Portuguese mint between the Black Fort and Aurora bastion.

During the 17th Century, the Dutch constructed a two-storey hospital on the eastern side of Galle fort. It was designed with long colonnaded verandas on both sides and floors of the building. The Dutch used cabook (coral stone) for the masonry work, with granite paved floors and thick plinth walls. Later, the masonry work was plastered over and white washed. After the British captured the fort in February 1796 they extended the building towards the north along the same ground plan. They used bricks as building materials and introduced glazed windows and glazed fanlights to this section. They also built a subsequent extension towards the sea starting from the middle of the existing building. Whilst built at different times the construction and design make the building appear as a single entity.

In 1850 the British converted the hospital into a barracks. They then used the building for the office of the Government Agent, who was the chief administrator of the district, until the country's independence in 1948.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Madu River
Madu River is a wetland, near the Small town "Balapitiya" along the Colombo Galle highway. This is the point where the Estuary of the Madu river. The river flows through a terrain where it creates a large number of islands, and the eco system creates a beautiful wetland. You can have an experience on how ancient people did their business in a Lagoon by travelling in Boat

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Colombo Fort
Head towards your Hotel and end the Tour

• Admission Ticket Free

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